November 18, 2013 9:03 am
Updated: November 18, 2013 2:17 pm

8 gripping images as tornadoes rip through U.S. Midwest

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Severe storms in the U.S. Midwest have left at least six people dead and caused widespread damage.

Illinois was hardest hit by the string of tornadoes and intense thunderstorms, with all five deaths and dozens of injuries reported in the state.

READ MORE: Tornadoes sweep across U.S. Midwest, flattening communities and killing 6

Injuries, extensive damage and power outages are also reported in six other states.

A neighborhood in the Devonshire subdivision of Washington, Ill., is left in ruins after a tornado tore through the northern part of the town on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (Photo credit: AP Photo)
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Ray Baughman embraces family shortly after his home was destroyed by a tornado that left a path of devastation through the north end of Pekin, Il., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013.  (Photo credit: AP Photo)
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A tornado moves northeast Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, two miles west of Flatville, Ill. The tornado damaged many farm buildings and homes on its way to Gifford, Ill., where scores of houses were devastated. (Photo credit: AP Photo/News-Gazette, Jessie Starke)
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Pat Whitaker, 82, sits under a blanket in her nightgown outside her home waiting for help to come in Gifford, Ill. on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (Photo credit: AP Photo)
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Residents embrace after they discovered their home was destroyed when a tornado and thunderstorms tore through a portion of Washington, Ill., on Sunday, Nov.17, 2013. (Photo credit: AP Photo)
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Paul Tubbs of Washington, Ill., looks over the remains of his home on Devon Lane in Washington after a tornado tore through the north part of Washington on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (Photo credit: AP Photo)
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In a photo provided by Dodge County Emergency Management, A garage in the Town of Hustisford collapsed and walls were turned inside-out after severe weather moved through the area Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013.
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