When a deadly tornado tore through a man’s town Sunday, he thought his dog was gone forever.
Sunday’s storms spawned tornadoes that pummeled the state, killing at least six people and destroying hundreds of homes and businesses.
Several dozen Red Cross teams are headed across the state of Illinois to provide storm victims with basic emergency needs such as food, a safe place to stay, health services and emotional support.
According to the National Weather Services’ website, a total of 65 tornadoes had struck, the bulk of them in Illinois.
A storm system that buried parts of Wyoming and South Dakota in heavy, wet snow on Friday also brought powerful thunderstorms packing tornadoes to the Great Plains.
The severe weather that has hit part of the Midwest will continue to threaten the region.
The trial has been delayed for a southwest Missouri man charged with defrauding victims of the Joplin tornado.
Students from Drury University in Springfield are collecting stories about the Joplin tornado for a healing and recovery project.
The storms included one that spawned a tornado in the St. Louis area and others that caused widespread flooding.
“It’s turned into a much bigger cleanup than we thought,” County Executive Steve Ehlmann said. “We are anticipating collecting about 50,000 tons of tree and limb debris.”