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Tornados tear through US MidWest

Illinois and Missouri among those areas affected
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Powerful storms that spawned tornadoes ripped through the U.S. Midwest on Wednesday, killing at least 11 people, including six in Illinois who were crushed when a house was lifted up and fell on them, authorities said. (Getty Images)
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Three people in Missouri were also killed by a storm that struck during the night. A tornado temporarily closed the famous entertainment strip in Branson, Missouri, where country music shows and other performers draw thousands of people a day. (Getty Images)
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Two men and four women died when a pre-dawn tornado struck Harrisburg, Illinois, a town of nearly 10,000 people, Mayor Eric Gregg said, describing the storm damage as "horrific." (Getty Images)
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Two people also died in Tennessee as the rash of storms moved across a wide area. (Getty Images)
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In Harrisburg, the six people were killed when powerful winds lifted a house up and dropped it on top of other homes in a housing subdivision adjacent to a wrecked shopping strip. (Getty Images)
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Two people also died in Tennessee as the rash of storms moved across a wide area. (Getty Images)
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"There are hundreds of homes damaged, millions of dollars in damage. The hospital is severely damaged. There's a mall with 10 stores that was destroyed," Gregg said. (Getty Images)
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Mike Hancock, an employee of the U.S. Forest Service, and several others armed with tools attempted a rescue where the six people died. (Getty Images)
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"We crawled in there as much as we could. Then there wasn't enough stability, the whole foundation was shaking. We had to get out of there," he said.(Getty Images)
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llinois Governor Pat Quinn issued a disaster declaration for the southern third of the state, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency for the state, while Kansas Governor Sam Brownback declared a state of disaster emergency for Wabaunsee County.(Getty Images)
Thu 01 Mar 2012 10:25 AM GST
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