News Update!!: United States: Latest information regarding Sunday’s severe storms and tornadoes in midwestern parts of United States.
Severe storms raced across midwestern parts of the United States on Sunday causing dozens of tornadoes that killed 7 people, injuring hundreds of peoples, and damaging communities in its path leaving many people without a home just weeks before the start of the holiday season.
**** Here is the latest information regarding Sunday’s severe storms and tornadoes in midwestern parts of United States: ****
** Information Updated At: 8:30pm PT on Monday, November 18th, 2013: **
**** Storm Information: ****
– The severe storm caused damage in several states including Missouri, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
– According to the National Weather Service a Category 4 tornado with winds estimated between 170 to 190 miles per hour hit the town of Washington, Illinois.
– How many tornadoes hit was unclear at this moment, but according to the National Weather Services’ website, at least a dozen of tornadoes had struck on Sunday with a bulk of the tornadoes in the state of Illinois.
** That number is subject to change after teams from the National Weather Service are done with their surveying of severe storm damage throughout the region. **
– The severe storm also brought heavy and down pouring rain, thunder, lightning, gusty winds over 70 mph, and hail that impacted at least 26 state in the United States on Sunday.
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– At least 8 people are dead.
– From that amount; at least 6 people in Illinois including a death is reported in Washington, Illinois, the Illinois State Police confirmed at least 3 people were killed in a tornado near Brookport, Illinois, and at least 2 people were killed when a tornado hit their home in New Minden, Illinois.
– From that amount; authorities confirmed on Monday that at least 2 people in Michigan are reported dead.
** Total death count is subject to change. **
**** Total Injuries: ****
– At least 200 people in Illinois are injured. From that amount; according to Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Jon Monken, 120 people were injured in Washington, Illinois. 7 people of those injuries were “traumatic”.
** Total injuries count is subject to change. **
**** Total Cost In Damages: ****
– $ ** No information at this moment. **
**** Estimated Total Amount Of Damage By Location: ****
– Washington, Illinois: A portion of the community in Washington, Illinois are now homeless with at least 400 homes destroyed. The tornado cut a path of destruction knocking down power lines, rupturing gas lines, and ripping off roofs. An auto parts store where several people were inside was reduced to a pile of bricks, metal and rebar. The storm struck a church at around on Sunday were at least 10,000 people who are residents were at church.
– Peoria, Illinois: Newscasters at NBC affiliate WEEK Channel 25 and well streaming on ABC affiliate WHOI Channel 19, had to go off the air abruptly as they realized they were in the path of the tornado. According to the National Weather Service, the roof of the television in Peoria, Illinois was damaged.
– Brookport, Illinois: The tornado ripped through 2 mobile home parks and destroyed dozens of homes. Between 250 and 500 buildings were damaged or destroyed.
– Diamond, Illinois: Damage to those communities were reported.
– Coal City, Illinois: Damage to those communities were reported.
– Ogle County, Illinois: the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department Office reported that brutal winds flipped over at least six trucks on highways.
– Scott County, Missouri: State Emergency Officials in Missouri are reporting that a tornado with heavy winds overturned 3 rail cars, blew over at least 4 mobile homes, and damaged at least 5 fixed homes on foundations.
– Lebanon, Indiana: Significant damage were reported including a Starbucks where the windows were shattered, and vehicles in the parking lot were overturned.
– Kokomo, Indiana: The severe storms caused damage to a mall, a bank, and collapsed the roof of a fire department station. Some houses had their roofs torn off when a tornado hit the area. A car rested on the mountain of rubble from a leveled home.
**** Other Information From The Areas Affected By The Severe Storm: ****
– O.S.F. Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois reported on Sunday that at least 37 patients had been treated with 8 people with injuries ranging from broken bones to head injuries. Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois also reported on Sunday that they have treated more than a dozen, but officials there said none of them were seriously injured. According to Methodist Medical Center’s Chief Operating Officer Steve Brewer, doctors and other medical professionals were setting up a temporary emergency care center to treat the injured before transporting them to hospitals, while others were dispatched to search through the rubble for survivors.
– Some residents in Washington, Illinois report some of their personal items being blown to other towns miles away as the tornado damage their community. ABC affiliate WLS Channel 7 is reporting has received reports of debris, such as pictures, W2s and checks, from downstate Washington, Illinois and Pekin, Illinois being found as far away as Shorewood and Countryside which is in the southwest Chicago, Illinois suburbs.
– Streets, roads, and highways in the severe affected area impassable and it is unclear how many people were killed or injured.
– Thousands of travelers scheduled to fly through Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois also had to deal with the severe storms. At least 270 flights were canceled Sunday and delays overnight stretched for an hour or more which delayed many of people at airports across the national who were trying to fly into the severe storm affected areas.
– Communications were or still is difficult or down and are trying to be restored as soon as possible.
– On Sunday, Illinois Emergency Management Agency is reporting that at least 83,000 customers were without electric power in Illinois with most of those affected in the Peoria, Illinois area. In Michigan, high winds knocked out power to at least 390,000 customers caused by the severe storms. In Ohio, more than 75,000 residents were without power because of the severe storms. As of Monday afternoon, at least 600,000 customers in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan were without power. Some outages in southwest Michigan may not be fixed until the weekend.
– A curfew was in effect for Brookport, Illinois from 6:00am to 6:00am CT. A curfew was enforced in Washington, Illinois overnight 6:00pm to 7:00am CT on Monday. Checkpoints are set up at the main entrances to the town and drivers have to prove they lived in the town before entering the town.
– The Illinois National Guard has dispatched 10 firefighters and three vehicles to Washington, Illinois to assist with immediate search and recovery operations.
– The American Red Cross is providing aid to victims of the severe storms affected area including in Washington, Illinois where the Central Illinois chapter of the American Red Cross has set up a shelter for the victims affected by the severe storm and tornado. The Salvation Army has mobilized their teams into the severe storm affected areas that need emergency food and shelter. Team Rubicon has sent their people to help clear debris in Washington, Illinois.
– Over a hundreds of volunteers are helping the victims of the tornadoes in supplying food, water, and helping out with the recovery effort.
– Indiana Governor Mike Pence is scheduled to tour the storm damage there on Monday. The Illinois Governor Pat Quinn makes disaster declaration for seven counties in Illinois.
– The White House issued a statement saying that United States President Barack Obama had been briefed about the damage and was in touch with federal, state, and local officials. The United States President Barack Obama called Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Washington, Illinois Mayor Gary Manier to discuss Sunday’s deadly tornado damage.
** Information Regarding Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears Football Game: **
– The severe storm also prompted officials at Chicago’s Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois to evacuate people from the stands and delaying the football game between the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears. Fans were allowed back to their stadium seats shortly after 2:00pm CT and the game resumed after about a 2 hour delay. Play resumed at 2:25pm CT and the Chicago Bears went on to win the football game with a game score of 23 to 20 in overtime.
**** Please help the people affected by Sunday’s severe storm outbreak by donating or volunteering to charitable and volunteering organizations like to the following charitable and volunteering organizations website addresses: ****
– American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross is one of the first groups to arrive to the severe storm affected areas and is providing aid to victims of the severe storms. The Central Illinois chapter of the American Red Cross has established a shelter in Washington, Illinois. The American Red Cross is also has activated the Safe and Well website to help in finding loved ones who may still be missing.
– Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army has mobilized their teams into the severe storm affected areas that need emergency food and shelter. These teams of people are dispersed across the region to offer nourishment, shelter, and guidance to the needy.
You can contribute by texting: STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
– Team Rubicon:
Team Rubicon is a group of veterans who come together after disasters to provide immediate relief and aid to rescue and recovery workers. The group has already sent their people to help clear debris in Washington, Illinois.
** Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the families, friends, and the people affected by Sunday’s severe storms in the midwestern parts of the United States. **
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