Deadly Tornado Rips Through the Midwest

A fast-moving storm system produced several tornadoes that touched down across the Midwest on Sunday, November 17, leaving a path of destruction in 12 states, One of the hardest-hit areas was Washington, Illinois, where the storm flattened much of the city of 15,000 people, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses. Several deaths have been reported in Illinois and other states. The storm was estimated to have had winds of 200 mile per hour and was classified as an E-F 4 tornado. As many as 59 tornadoes were reported to have formed, threatening major cities, including Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit and Louisville, Kentucky.

Residents survey the the destruction caused by the E-F4 tornado that devastated large parts of Washington, Illinois on Sunday, November 17th. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Residents survey the the destruction caused by the E-F4 tornado that devastated large parts of Washington, Illinois on Sunday, November 17th. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

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