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6 Dead And Dozens Injured After Tornadoes, Storms Strike Midwest

Six people were killed in Illinois and several more were injured as tornadoes raked the Midwest. Besides Illinois, the severe weather also caused damage in Kentucky, Missouri, and Indiana.

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This post was updated on Monday at 1:30 a.m. ET to reflect the most recent events.

At least six people are dead after a massive severe weather outbreak in the Midwest on Sunday that spawned several tornadoes across Illinois, Indiana, and portions of Missouri and Kentucky.

Two people were killed in New Minden, Ill., a small town in the state's Washington County. Another person was killed in the city of Washington, Ill., in Tazewell County, Patti Thompson of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency told BuzzFeed.

Two more people are dead and one is missing in Brookport, Ill., a town near the southern tip of the state, according to KFVS. Thompson was unable to confirm the information when asked by BuzzFeed, but Jonathon Monken, director of IEMA, confirmed the deaths to ABC News.

Dozens more were reported injured in the storms near Washington, Pekin, Ill., and Peoria, Ill., according to the Peoria Journal Star.

Tornado touchdowns have been confirmed by the National Weather Service in Vermilion, Champaign, Tazewell, Woodford, Peoria, Massac, and Iroquois counties. Damage has also been reported from severe weather in LaSalle, Wayne, Grundy, and Washington counties, according to IEMA.

Damage surveyed in New Minden indicated the storm produced a powerful EF-4 tornado there with wind speeds of up to 200mph, according to the National Weather Service in St. Louis.

Calls made by BuzzFeed to the office of Washington Chief of Police Don Volk were met with a message saying, "Due to telephone company facility trouble, your call could not be completed at this time," suggesting phone service outages in the city. Washington is home to over 10,000 people.

As of Sunday evening, there were almost 80 reports of tornadoes, according to preliminary information from the Storm Prediction Center.

Most of these are in Illinois, but tornadoes also caused damage in Kentucky, Missouri, and Indiana. Major cities including Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus in Ohio, as well as Louisville, Ky., are still at risk for dangerous weather Sunday night.

Tornadoes began touching down just after 11 a.m. CT, according to the National Weather Service in Chicago. More reports continued to come in past noon.

1118 AM: Rutland, Dana & Long Point-- a confirmed, large damaging tornado is ON THE GROUND. 1130-1140 AM arrival. Seek shelter now! #ilwx

NWS Chicago

@NWSChicago

1118 AM: Rutland, Dana & Long Point-- a confirmed, large damaging tornado is ON THE GROUND. 1130-1140 AM arrival. Seek shelter now! #ilwx

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Around 12:30 p.m. CT, Chicago Bears fans were evacuated from Soldier Field in Chicago as debris began to fly around the stadium.

Live from Soldier Field. #Bears #BALvsCHI

Chicago Bears

@ChicagoBears

Live from Soldier Field. #Bears #BALvsCHI

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And Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn urged everybody to stay inside.

Today’s severe weather warnings & storms across #IL are very serious. I urge everyone to pay attention to weather alerts & stay inside.

Governor Pat Quinn

@GovernorQuinn

Today’s severe weather warnings & storms across #IL are very serious. I urge everyone to pay attention to weather alerts & stay inside.

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Photos and video from witnesses showed destruction in several small towns throughout central and northeastern Illinois.

A tornado hit Pekin, Ill., around 11:30 a.m CT.

Jack Lance

@Jack_Lance18

Tornado just hit Pekin

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Jack Lance

@Jack_Lance18

Tornado damage. Pekin, IL

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A tornado also slammed Washington, Ill. (population 10,000) — just east of Peoria.

At least 50 homes were completely destroyed.

Tornado levels at least 50 homes in Washington, Ill. (@Pantagraph) http://t.co/XvhCgh09fy

Jon Passantino

@passantino

Tornado levels at least 50 homes in Washington, Ill. (@Pantagraph) http://t.co/XvhCgh09fy

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Confirmed aerial photo of tornado damage in Washington, IL (originally tweeted by @JournoBuedel)

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Confirmed aerial photo of tornado damage in Washington, IL (originally tweeted by @JournoBuedel)

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Devastation from Washington, IL. Please pray for those affected. Horrific images coming in.

Bryce Kintigh

@stormchasrbryce

Devastation from Washington, IL. Please pray for those affected. Horrific images coming in.

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Just spoke with #Washington mayor. I asked what we can report to help. He said only "please pray."

Alexandra Sutter

@Alexandra_WMBD

Just spoke with #Washington mayor. I asked what we can report to help. He said only "please pray."

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Footage of the tornado in Washington, Ill.

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A man filmed the tornado pass behind his house in Washington.

View this video on YouTube

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A look at the tornado that touched down near Washington, #Illinois

Kristin Walls

@WHAS11Kristin

A look at the tornado that touched down near Washington, #Illinois

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Chris Khoury

@ChrisKhoury182

#WashingtonIL

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Chris Khoury

@ChrisKhoury182

After the tornado #Peoria #Washington

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A friend just texted me this pic from Washington where a home stood a few hours ago:

Matt Buedel

@JournoBuedel

A friend just texted me this pic from Washington where a home stood a few hours ago:

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Coal City, Ill. — like Washington — was one of the towns hit hardest by the storms. The town is home to about 5,000 people.

This was a tornado picture earlier in Coal City and Grundy County #ilwx

Forever Chasing

@foreverchasin

This was a tornado picture earlier in Coal City and Grundy County #ilwx

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Picture: Significant damage in Coal City, IL after earlier tornado via @SteveGrzanich

Johnny Kelly

@stormchaser4850

Picture: Significant damage in Coal City, IL after earlier tornado via @SteveGrzanich

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Daniel Darling

@DanDarling2

Damage in coal city @abc7

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This is absolutely horrible. This was taken in Coal City, IL. #ilwx #severeweather #tcot

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@timeboat56

This is absolutely horrible. This was taken in Coal City, IL. #ilwx #severeweather #tcot

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From @tammylively: House in the middle of road in Kokomo, Indiana

Michael Rusch

@weeddude

From @tammylively: House in the middle of road in Kokomo, Indiana

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Southwestern middle school gym. Destroyed. @FOX59 @fox59weather #INwx

Ann Keil

@AnnKeilFOX59

Southwestern middle school gym. Destroyed. @FOX59 @fox59weather #INwx

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This is a developing story, please check back for updates.

Tony Merevick reports on national LGBT news for BuzzFeed. He has covered LGBT community news and politics since 2010 and joined BuzzFeed in 2013.

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