Photos of the Week: Tornadoes Ransack Illinois, Dust Storm Sweeps Texas

By Jillian MacMath, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
November 23, 2013; 8:42 AM
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Severe weather stretched across the country this week, hitting the Midwest with the brunt of its force.

On Sunday, tornadoes ransacked the region, devastating Washington, Ill. The town endured an EF-4 twister that displaced hundreds. Early this week, Mayor Gary Manier estimated that more than 500 homes and businesses had been damaged or destroyed in the town.

On Tuesday, clear skies yielded near-perfect viewing conditions for the launch of NASA rocket, Minotaur I. Social media was inundated Wednesday with shots of the launch, which was plainly visible to the naked eye.

Late in the week, the theme turned to low temperatures as a cold front generated a massive dust storm in Lubbock, Texas, and a snowstorm buried much of Colorado. Even the U.K. received a cold blast this week, resulting in the first snowflakes of the year for London.

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On Monday, the sunrise revealed damage from numerous tornadoes that ransacked the Midwest throughout Sunday. The severe weather leveled some rural communities, including that of Washington, Ill. This weekend, Arctic air will reach the small town bringing life-threatening temperatures to those without electricity and adequate shelter. (AP Photo/Armando Sanchez)

A cold front spun up a dust storm in Lubbock, Texas, Thursday. As the front moved into the area, the temperature dropped from 74 degrees F to 66 degrees F in only 13 minutes with winds of 30 mph. (Photo/Matt Mahalik)

Clear skies Tuesday night provided ideal viewing conditions for the launch of the NASA rocket, Minotaur I. The rocket took off from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., to send the U.S. Air Force's Space Test Program Satellite-3 into orbit. (Photo/Hunter Outten)

A storm brought as much as 1.5 feet of snow to parts of Colorado on Thursday, making major routes such as I-25 slick and icy. It also dropped temperatures from 59 degrees F in Denver on Wednesday to 25 degrees F Thursday. (Photo/Michael Farrell)

London, England, received its first snowfall of the season this month, as cold air blasted through the U.K. The flakes produced no accumulation in the city but resulted in measurable amounts in the higher terrain away from the coast. (Photo/@FairTradeSleuth)

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