Severe weather killed 7 in the mid-west

June
6, 2010 — Updated 2129 GMT (0529 HKT)

Storms
wreck power plant, level homes
STORY
HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW:
    Ohio death toll reaches seven
  • Tornado watch from New England
    southward to Virginia
  • Deaths include 5-year-old child
  • Storm
    damage prompts shutdown of Michigan nuclear plant

(CNN) — Seven people were killed in Ohio as severe
thunderstorms and tornadoes raked the Midwest on Saturday and early
Sunday, authorities said.

The deaths came in Wood County when a
tornado touched down there overnight, state Emergency Management Agency
spokeswoman Kelli Blackwell told CNN. Wood County is about 30 miles
south of Toledo.

A 5-year-old child was among the deaths in
Millbury, Ohio, according to Wood County dispatchers, who received the
information from Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer. Four other
victims ranged in age from 20 to 56, dispatchers said, and details on
the remaining two were not immediately available.

A man was also
found dead in the street in Millbury, and two adults died in a van in
Lake Township, about five miles from Millbury, Blackwell said.

In
Michigan, 11 people were injured when a storm struck Monroe County, and
damage to the exterior wall of the Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant prompted
an automatic shutdown, said Dan Smith, spokesman for the county’s
emergency management division. The plant will remain closed until crews
have assessed the damage, he said.

Ten people were taken to
hospitals by ambulance, and one was flown, after the storm struck about 3
a.m. Sunday, Smith said. Field crews were assessing the number of homes
and businesses damaged in Dundee Village and Dundee Township, he said.

Video:
Roofs torn off in Illinois tornadoes

Video:
Deadly tornado hits northwest Ohio

Up to 500 people staying at a water park
resort were evacuated safely to a middle school, Smith said.

Several
other communities in Illinois were hard-hit by severe weather. The town
of Streator looks "like a war zone," Mayor Jimmie Lansford said. A
total of 50 people were triaged, and 17 were transferred to hospitals
and later released, he said.

The National Weather Service
confirmed Sunday the tornado was an F2, with winds between 113 and 157
mph. Officials report about 30 homes damaged, including three destroyed
on the south side of Streator.

"It cut a path from the west side
of town all the way through to the east side of town," Lansford said.

Many trees and power lines were downed and a couple of businesses
sustained some damage but the extent is unknown, Lansford said.

"If
it would have been two blocks farther north, St. Mary’s Hospital would
have been right in the path and it would have been devastating,"
Lansford said. "It could have been a lot worse."

A tornado
touched down in Elmwood, Illinois, Saturday night, according to the
Peoria County Sheriff’s Office. Pictures from CNN affiliate WMBD showed a
twisted gas station awning and streets covered with debris, branches
and broken glass. The tornado ripped through downtown Elmwood, tearing
the second stories off buildings in some cases, WMBD reported.

Footage
of storm damage across several states showed buildings with roofs
ripped off, other structures reduced to rubble and overturned school
buses and RVs.

The severe weather may continue
Sunday, forecasters said, as there is a moderate risk of severe storms
and tornadoes over areas of the northeastern United States. A tornado
watch, meaning conditions are favorable for tornadoes, was issued until 8
p.m. Sunday for an area stretching from New Hampshire and Vermont
southward to Virginia. The watch includes the cities of Boston, New
York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington.

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