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Officials Assess Damage From Powerful Tornadoes

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) Officials in Illinois don't believe the death toll from Sunday's violent weather will go any higher. Six people died in Illinois, and two more weather-related deaths are confirmed in Michigan.

Dozens of tornadoes and intense thunderstorms swept across the Midwest in a swift-moving line of storms that flattened entire neighborhoods.

The mayor of the Illinois town of Washington says hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed by a tornado.

One man says his weather radio may have saved his life -- because the tornado struck his home while he was in the basement retrieving the radio. Today, he was at a supply store, picking up plywood to board up his blown-out windows.

Authorities have been keeping everyone but residents and emergency workers out of the affected neighborhoods. An overnight curfew kept all but emergency vehicles off the pitch-black roads.

Governor Pat Quinn visited some of the heavily-damaged areas today, and promised all of the assistance the state can provide to victims of what he said were the deadliest November tornadoes in the state's history.


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