Usa, violent tornadoes in Illinois leave death ad destruction (video)

18 novembre 2013 - A violent storm system pounded the Midwest on Sunday with tornadoes, strong winds and heavy rain, killing at least six people, injuring dozens and collapsing homes and other buildings.

National Weather Service officials confirmed that several tornadoes touched down in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.

The White House said President Obama had been briefed on the damage and was receiving regular updates. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it had sent emergency teams and liaisons into affected states.

"Residents should continue to monitor weather conditions as they develop and follow the direction of local officials," FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said. "Be prepared for power outages and dangerous road conditions as a result of downed power lines and flooding.''

Two people were killed when a storm, believed to be a tornado, struck a rural part of Massac County near Brookport, Ill., said Larry Douglas of the county's emergency services and disaster agency. No further details were available.

Washington County Coroner Mark Styninger said an elderly man and his sister died Sunday afternoon when a tornado hit their farmhouse in the town of New Minden, Ill., about 50 miles southeast of St. Louis.