Tornadoes Flatten Illinois Towns

WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: A home sits in ruin along Elgin Avenue after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: A home sits in ruin along Elgin Avenue after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Residents of Elgin Avenue sort through debris after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Residents of Elgin Avenue sort through debris after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Residents of Elgin Avenue salvage what remains after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Residents of Elgin Avenue salvage what remains after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: (L - R) Tina Junk and Gary Junk, residents of Elgin Avenue, salvage what remains after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: (L - R) Tina Junk and Gary Junk, residents of Elgin Avenue, salvage what remains after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: A home sits in ruin along Elgin Avenue after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: A home sits in ruin along Elgin Avenue after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Residents of Elgin Avenue survey the damage after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Residents of Elgin Avenue survey the damage after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - 17: A firefighter searches through debris after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - 17: A firefighter searches through debris after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: A firefighter searches through debris after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: A firefighter searches through debris after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: A firefighter walks through debris after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: A firefighter walks through debris after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Jeremy Janssen of Mackinaw Fire Department walks through debris along Elgin Avenue after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Jeremy Janssen of Mackinaw Fire Department walks through debris along Elgin Avenue after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Debris covers the area after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Debris covers the area after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Debris covers the area after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Debris covers the area after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: The damage is surveyed along Elgin Avenue after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: The damage is surveyed along Elgin Avenue after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: A firefighter searches through debris after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: A firefighter searches through debris after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Firefighters search a heavily damaged home after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Firefighters search a heavily damaged home after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: The damage is surveyed along Elgin Avenue after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: The damage is surveyed along Elgin Avenue after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
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Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18: Damaged buildings along Washington Road in the aftermath of a tornado on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. A fast-moving storm system that produced several tornadoes that touched down across the Midwest left behind a path of destruction in 12 states.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18: Damaged buildings along Washington Road in the aftermath of a tornado on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. A fast-moving storm system that produced several tornadoes that touched down across the Midwest left behind a path of destruction in 12 states. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18: Damaged buildings along Washington Road in the aftermath of a tornado on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. A fast-moving storm system that produced several tornadoes that touched down across the Midwest left behind a path of destruction in 12 states.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18: Damaged buildings along Washington Road in the aftermath of a tornado on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. A fast-moving storm system that produced several tornadoes that touched down across the Midwest left behind a path of destruction in 12 states. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18: Damaged buildings along Washington Road in the aftermath of a tornado on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. A fast-moving storm system that produced several tornadoes that touched down across the Midwest left behind a path of destruction in 12 states.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18: Damaged buildings along Washington Road in the aftermath of a tornado on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. A fast-moving storm system that produced several tornadoes that touched down across the Midwest left behind a path of destruction in 12 states. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18: Damaged buildings along Washington Road in the aftermath of a tornado on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. A fast-moving storm system that produced several tornadoes that touched down across the Midwest left behind a path of destruction in 12 states.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18: Damaged buildings along Washington Road in the aftermath of a tornado on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. A fast-moving storm system that produced several tornadoes that touched down across the Midwest left behind a path of destruction in 12 states. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
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Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18: Damaged buildings along Washington Road in the aftermath of a tornado on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. A fast-moving storm system that produced several tornadoes that touched down across the Midwest left behind a path of destruction in 12 states.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18: Damaged buildings along Washington Road in the aftermath of a tornado on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. A fast-moving storm system that produced several tornadoes that touched down across the Midwest left behind a path of destruction in 12 states. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18: Damaged buildings along Washington Road in the aftermath of a tornado on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. A fast-moving storm system that produced several tornadoes that touched down across the Midwest left behind a path of destruction in 12 states.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18: Damaged buildings along Washington Road in the aftermath of a tornado on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. A fast-moving storm system that produced several tornadoes that touched down across the Midwest left behind a path of destruction in 12 states. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18:  Police stand amongst damaged buildings along Washington Road in the aftermath of a tornado on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. A fast-moving storm system that produced several tornadoes that touched down across the Midwest left behind a path of destruction in 12 states.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18: Police stand amongst damaged buildings along Washington Road in the aftermath of a tornado on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. A fast-moving storm system that produced several tornadoes that touched down across the Midwest left behind a path of destruction in 12 states. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18: Damaged buildings along Washington Road in the aftermath of a tornado on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. A fast-moving storm system that produced several tornadoes that touched down across the Midwest left behind a path of destruction in 12 states.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18: Damaged buildings along Washington Road in the aftermath of a tornado on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. A fast-moving storm system that produced several tornadoes that touched down across the Midwest left behind a path of destruction in 12 states. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18: Damaged buildings along Washington Road in the aftermath of a tornado on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. A fast-moving storm system that produced several tornadoes that touched down across the Midwest left behind a path of destruction in 12 states.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18: Damaged buildings along Washington Road in the aftermath of a tornado on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. A fast-moving storm system that produced several tornadoes that touched down across the Midwest left behind a path of destruction in 12 states. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18:  Tornado damaged homes are seen on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. According to reports the tornado that ripped across Washington, Illinois has been preliminary classified as an EF-4. A fast-moving storm system that spawned multiple tornadoes which touched down across the Midwest, leaving behind a path of destruction in 12 states and killing at least five.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18: Tornado damaged homes are seen on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. According to reports the tornado that ripped across Washington, Illinois has been preliminary classified as an EF-4. A fast-moving storm system that spawned multiple tornadoes which touched down across the Midwest, leaving behind a path of destruction in 12 states and killing at least five. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18:  Tornado damaged homes are seen on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. According to reports the tonado that ripped across Washington, Illinois has been preliminary classified as an EF-4. A fast-moving storm system that spawned multiple tornadoes which touched down across the Midwest, leaving behind a path of destruction in 12 states and killing at least five.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18: Tornado damaged homes are seen on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. According to reports the tonado that ripped across Washington, Illinois has been preliminary classified as an EF-4. A fast-moving storm system that spawned multiple tornadoes which touched down across the Midwest, leaving behind a path of destruction in 12 states and killing at least five. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18: Aerial view of destruction of  the F-4 tornado that struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest sunday and with six people dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Severe Tornado Outbreak Hits Illinois WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18: Aerial view of destruction of the F-4 tornado that struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest sunday and with six people dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
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