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Zoom: Powerful tornadoes rip across U.S. midwest

Neighbourhoods devastated as storm crosses through 12 states

Last Updated: Nov. 18, 2013

Dozens of powerful tornadoes ripped across the U.S. midwest on Sunday, flattening homes and uprooting trees. At least six people were killed in the storms and as many as 500 homes were damaged.

These photos show the scope of the damage as emergency crews work to clean up the devastated neighbourhoods. Hover over the photos below for a closer look at the damage the storms wrought.

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A fire fighter peers into a collapsed home in Washington, Ill. (David Zalaznik, AP/Journal Star)

A tornado crushed homes in the Devonshire subdivision of Washington, Ill. (Ron Johnson/Peoria Journal Star, AP)

Debris covers a field in Washington, Ill. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty)

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