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Two Killed As Severe Storms Rip Through The Midwest And South

A powerful storm spawned tornadoes from Texas to Illinois, killing at least two people and injuring several others.

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John Brooks looks into the room that was hit by a tree during the storm Monday in Monroe, La, it was going to be the nursery for his expected baby.

At least two people were killed and several others injured Monday when a powerful storm system spawned tornadoes and damaging winds across the South and Midwest.


Here is another pic coming in from Ashdown, AR of a car upside down. Possible tornado hit the area this morning.

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Here is another pic coming in from Ashdown, AR of a car upside down. Possible tornado hit the area this morning.

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A tornado in Arkansas killed a 33-year-old man and injured his wife Monday, when it destroyed their home located in the town of Ashdown, National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Goudsward said.

Eddy Withem was a marine and father of three, the Weather Channel reported. His wife, Roxanne, is in critical condition at the hospital, and their three children sustained minor injuries.

@spann 150 year old pecan tree down in Cullman

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@spann 150 year old pecan tree down in Cullman

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In Alabama, a tree fell on a mobile home, killing a 75-year-old woman and injuring her husband, local law enforcement said.

As a result of the storm, nearly 40,000 people lost power in Alabama's Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and Walker counties.


In Missouri, two tornadoes touched down in the morning, destroying several homes and toppling trees, the National Weather Service reported.

The storm forced the postponement of Game 3 of the American League Championship Series between the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles.

In Louisiana, downed trees caused power lines to topple, leaving at least 38,000 people without electricity, according to USA Today.

Governor Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency, while University of Louisiana at Monroe spokeswoman Kiwana Sutton said all classes were cancelled until Tuesday morning.

In Texas, a brushfire was believed to be started by lightning strikes. The fire set ablaze an oil well site near Longview, Texas. The thunderstorms also caused thousands of homes and businesses to lose power.


Belleville, Illinois storm/tornado damage from Monday 10/13/14 #stlwx

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Belleville, Illinois storm/tornado damage from Monday 10/13/14 #stlwx

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In Illinois, several homes were damaged and many trees fell. No injuries were reported.

Storm damage in Paducah at 8th and MLK.

Storms in Kentucky on Monday brought down trees and damages power lines. A funnel cloud was also seen near Dawson Springs on Monday night, according to the National Weather service.

A tornado was captured on video Monday near Corinth, Mississippi.

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In Mississippi, serious storm damage caused at least 10,000 people to lose power. Several places reported losing roofs during the storm and widespread tree damage was seen. Hail was also reported.

A flight on its way to Jackson from Atlanta was forced to turn around because of the storms.

The Storm Prediction Center estimated that more than 36 million were in the path for destructive wind and rain. They said the greatest risk was for those along the Mississippi River from southern Illinois to northern Louisiana.

"Hail from Starkville." Amy via Facebook #mswx

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"Hail from Starkville." Amy via Facebook #mswx

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