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Deadly Severe Weather Rolls Across Midwest

Associated Press - November 17, 2013 6:13 pm

WWII hangar in Great Bend set for demolition.

WWII hangar in Great Bend set for demolition.

Deadly severe weather rolled across the Midwest Sunday.

Officials say that at least three people died when tornadoes hit central and southern Illinois.

Melanie Arnold of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency says that a person was killed in Washington when a tornado struck that central Illinois community on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, the county coroner in Washington County in southern Illinois said that an elderly man and his sister died when a tornado struck their farm house in the town of New Minden, about 50 miles southeast of St. Louis.

The storm that struck New Minden and Washington was part of a series of intense thunderstorms and tornadoes that swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several Illinois communities.

The central Illinois community of Washington was particularly hard-hit.

Bad weather also caused officials at Soldier Field in Chicago to evacuate the stands and suspend the Bears game against the Baltimore Ravens for nearly two hours.

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