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UPDATE: FEMA assessing damage of Midwest storms that killed five people


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama is promising a quick response to calls for help in Ohio, where violent weekend storms killed five people.

FEMA will start assessing damage today, according to the White House.

A line of storms ripped through the Midwest over the weekend with tornados touching down in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Michigan.

The worst destruction is in Northwest Ohio, where one tornado left a path up to 300 yards wide and 10 miles long -- littered with wrecked vehicles and debris.


MILLBURY, OH (WKOW) -- An Ohio police chief has revised the death toll downward from seven to five in this past weekend's Midwest tornado outbreak.


WOOD COUNTY, OH (WKOW) -- People across the Midwest are cleaning up this morning after weekend storms pummeled the region.

While many people saw a funnel cloud over Madison on Saturday, tornadoes actually touched down in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.

A community whose high school was destroyed the day before graduation by a tornado rescheduled the ceremony as residents sifted through houses.

At least seven people were killed, including the valedictorian's father.

The tornado was part of a line of storms that ripped through the Midwest on Saturday night and Sunday, destroying homes and an emergency services building in northwest Ohio.

A twister leveled a neighborhood about 30 miles south of Toledo, Ohio.

Ronald and Jan Johns say they were inside when they heard what sounded like a jet plane closing in on them. 

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