PHOTOS: Residents Devastated by Tornadoes Begin Cleanup

By Kristen Rodman, Staff Writer
November 20, 2013; 6:16 AM ET
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As a particularly dangerous situation developed in the Midwest on Sunday, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes erupted across the region.

Patty Thompson with the Central Office of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency confirmed that there have been six fatalities for the state and that there are likely over 100 injured, though that number is not yet official.

According to reports from the Associated Press, two additional lives were lost in Michigan.

As of Sunday morning, funnel clouds were reported near Hebron, Ill., by a NWS trained spotter, a tornado was indicated by radar near Pell Lake, Wisc., and another tornado south of Peoria, Ill.

By Sunday afternoon, tornadoes were confirmed in the Chicago suburb of Frankfort, in Peoria and Roanoke, Ill. There were also reports by NWS spotters of tornado touchdowns in Woodford and LaSalle counties in Illinois. Additionally, law enforcement sighted a tornado in Braceville, Ill.

Later Sunday evening, more tornadoes were reported across Kentucky and Indiana. Tornadoes were sighted in areas near Lone Oak, Morganfield and Puducah, Ky. In Indiana, Noblesville and Lebanon reported funnel clouds.

In Chicago on Sunday afternoon, the Bears were set to play the Baltimore Ravens but gameplay was halted and fans inside the stadium were asked to seek immediate shelter due to the severe storms.

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Winds in the Chicago suburbs gusted up to 75 mph, according to an NWS spotter, as a line of severe thunderstorms passed through Oak Lawn, Ill.

Cleanup efforts are underway across much of the affected area.

Chris Vanderhei tries to salvage what he can from his friend's home the day after a tornado destroyed Ben DuBois' house Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Washington Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

The moon is seen behind a utility worker repairing a city street light in Brookport, Ill., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. Dozens of tornadoes and intense thunderstorms swept across the U.S. Midwest on Sunday, unleashing powerful winds that flattened entire neighborhoods, flipped over cars and uprooted trees. (AP Photo/Stephen Lance Dennee)

The Indiana State Police Department has kept active on Twitter, using the tag #HoosiersHelpingHoosiers to spread safety information in the aftermath of the storm.

A stuffed bear sits on a road in Brookport, Ill., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. A tornado ripped through the small far southern Illinois town. (AP Photo/Stephen Lance Dennee)

A news cameraman shoots video of the rubble of an auto parts store destroyed by a tornado in Washington, Ill., on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Illinois State Police says everal people were inside at the time the tornado hit but all escaped uninjured. The tornado cut a path of destruction through Washington. (AP Photo/David Mercer)

Debris from a row of homes destroyed by a tornado in Washington, Ill., is seen early Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. The tornado destroyed several hundred homes in the small town the day before. (AP Photo/David Mercer)


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