Death Toll Rises To 8 In Violent Midwest Storms

Source: Doug Stanglin and John Bacon / USA Today

A violent storm that brought rare, late-season tornadoes to the Midwest was heading to the northeast and out to sea Monday, leaving behind death and destruction in 12 states, including some communities with entire blocks of houses flattened.

The death toll stood at eight with scores of injuries reported. Authorities feared the casualty list would climb as towns began to clear roads and restore communications.

The wave of thunderstorms Sunday brought damaging winds and tornadoes to Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and western New York.

Six deaths were reported in Illinois, two in Michigan.

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