Historic Storms Kill at Least 8 in the Midwest

Residents pick through the remains of their gutted homes after tornadoes tore across the Midwest.
2:09 | 11/19/13

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The aftermath. For those powerful tornadoes in the midwest to take a look at the damage from just one twister in Illinois. So many homes obliterated another image shows the incredible line between utter destruction and homes completely untouched. The death toll now stands at -- but officials say it could be could have been much worse without early warnings and storm sirens. Here's ABC's Tom Bradley. Across the midwest the shock. It's beginning to set -- residents are picking through debris finding the remains of their -- homes. -- church members whose homes. Every minute I turn around and hang and I I don't know I don't. And only in the house. The ferocious late -- outbreak of tornadoes in rough weather stretched across twelve states at least eight people were killed. This is a picture of Washington Illinois before the tornado and this is what it looks like today. Tornadoes in November are rare the US is an average of just over fifty twisters Toto in November the midwest get that in much more in about twelve hours. This is the deadliest series of tornadoes Illinois ever -- -- In the month of November in Indiana about a dozen tornadoes caused injuries and widespread damage through twelve counties in Michigan. One man died when a tree fell on his car. Despite all the devastation we're learning miraculous stories of survival accurate weather forecast. And those timely tornado warnings may have saved lives in Kokomo Indiana Marcy may and fourteen others took cover and bathroom literally. -- the bathroom door and the -- peeled away. Chris Lancaster who watched his home torn away returned to find only rubble but a miracle. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- the battery life spared giving one devastated family -- -- Bradley ABC news Washington.

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