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6 Dead After Violent Tornadoes Rip Through Midwest

An outburst of at least 80 tornadoes left six people dead in Illinois and many more injured.
Posted at 8:49 AM, Nov 18, 2013

A rare November tornadic outburst rocked the nation's heartland Sunday. At least six people are confirmed dead and more than 50 injured.

According to The National Weather Service, more than 80 tornadoes touched down in all through the Midwest — 10 in Illinois alone. CNN is reporting all six fatalities were in Illinois — the state hit the hardest.

The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-4 Tornado touched down in the city of Washington, Illinois. Winds inside the tornado were between 150 and 200 miles per hour. 

The fast-moving low pressure system came down from Canada — a perfect storm of events. A cold air mass from the North met unseasonably warm temperatures already in place — fueling the system.

nAlmost the entire Midwest was under some sort of watch or warning Sunday. Reports of wind damage spread from Missouri to eastern Pennsylvania. 

In total the National Weather Service says there were: 

- 80 tornadoes

- 358 reports of damaging winds

- 40 reports of large hail

- 478 severe weather reports

Pictures of the devastation flooded Twitter — some of them are jaw-dropping.

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