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Powerful Storm Devastates Midwest, Killing 8

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By HVnews on February 29, 2012

More than 100 were injured and eight killed Wednesday as a storm wound through the Midwest, spawning tornadoes and leaving destruction in its wake.

Harrisburg, Illinois, was among the hardest hit, says the governor’s office. At least six have died from tornado damage several football fields wide, according to mayor Eric Gregg. The sheriff’s office counted 250 to 300 houses and 25 businesses that were damaged or destroyed.

“It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen, and something I don’t care to see again,” Gregg told CNN.

The storm, possibly carrying thunderstorm winds up to 80 mph, may hit the mid-Atlantic region, including northern Alabama, north Georgia, southern and eastern Kentucky, northern Mississippi, western North Carolina and parts of Tennessee, Wednesday night.

In Japan Wednesday morning, a 5.7 magnitude earthquake occurred near the coast of Honshu, causing shaking and damage to buildings.

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