Washington, Ill., Hit Hard by Tornadoes, Hail

Entire neighborhoods in one town were completely destroyed by severe weather.
1:59 | 11/18/13

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forecast coming up. Washington, illinois. That's where abc's alex perez is on the ground for us this morning. Good morning, alex. Reporter: Good morning, robin. They're waking up this morning to scenes of destruction just like this one. Up until yesterday this was a neighborhood. Now, completely destroyed. If you look closely, you'll see so many of the things people work sod hard to have scattered everywhere. This is what a 200-mile-per-hour tornado sounds like, ripping through washington, illinois, and right into chris lancaster's house. oh! Reporter: His home, no match for the monster storm. Within minutes, reduced to rubble. This is what my house looks like after a tornado came through. Reporter: The storm leveled parts of this town of 15,000. This is not right. It's not thunder. It just kept coming. Reporter: It was also a frightening first for 6-year-old brevin. He heard the roar and convinced his mom and brother to go to the basement and hide under a mattress. We covered up with mat res. She was holding me tight. I was holding her tight. Reporter: When they finally came up, their home was completely destroyed. How difficult is it to think about everything you lost? Very difficult. We were able to walk back over and look at stuff. Just to see your things in the yard, and -- their toys and broken beds. You never think it's going to happen to you. Reporter: And this morning, there are shamall signs of hope. Sign that this community is not giving up. Little brevin said he learn what to do to stay safe while at school. It will be a long day for so many here. George? Thanks, alex, for that. We're joined by one of the families picking up the pieces

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