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Deadly tornadoes, storms hit US Midwest; 6 killed

By Neha Attre | Last Updated: Monday, November 18, 2013 - 16:52

Zee Media Bureau/ Neha Attre

Chicago: Powerful tornadoes struck US Midwest on Sunday reportedly killing six people and injuring hundreds others with the death toll reportedly expected to rise further, according to authorities.

The deadly tornadoes and storms have caused massive destruction damaging buildings, disrupting power supply and grounding several flights in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.

While the exact number remains unclear, as many as 65 tornadoes have reportedly struck the area, majority of which were in Illinois, according to the website of National Weather Service.
Several areas in the Washington were reportedly completely flattened by the tornadoes, the roofs of the houses were ripped off and cars were crushed. Tornado warnings were issued in Indiana and Kentucky.

Illionois has been stated as the worst-affected state where five people were reported dead.

The casualties include one person in Washington town while two other people were killed when a tornado hit their farmhouse.

The storm is moving at a speed of 111 km/h (68mph) and is headed towards east.

An alert has been issued by the National Weather Service for several areas in central US warning people that severe thunderstorms, strong winds, tornadoes and hails are expected in several states.

The tornadoes are a result of a fast-moving storm system accompanied by thunderstorms and winds.

First Published: Monday, November 18, 2013 - 09:16

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