A storm system that has already unleashed tornadoes and flattened homes across the Midwest threatened the Northeast on Tuesday with heavy rain and strong winds.
Some 70 million Americans from the Ohio Valley to Maine faced 70 mph winds and 2-inch hail, as well as the possibility of tornadoes.
The latest bout of nasty weather comes as people from South Dakota to Illinois were cleaning up from the line of storms on Monday, a weather event known as a derecho for its fierce and sustained wind damage. At least 12 people were injured in Illinois — where one twister packed winds of up to 160 mph — but there were no reported deaths.
Wind as strong as 122 mph was recorded in South Dakota, and baseball-sized hail fell in Indiana. The storms ripped up trees and downed power lines.
Some 13 tornadoes were reported in four states, according to The Weather Channel. In Illinois, where at least four twisters were confirmed by the National Weather Service, more than 8,300 customers were still without power Tuesday afternoon. Homes in the village of Sublette, west of Chicago, were leveled.
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"It is a miracle when you see the devastation" that no one was killed, Gov. Bruce Rauner said.
The storm system was moving swiftly across the Northeast on Tuesday, forecasters warned. Six states from West Virginia to New Jersey were under a severe thunderstorm watch through 11 p.m. ET, the National Weather Service said, with major airports in Philadelphia, Washington and Baltimore seeing delays. About 144,000 power customers in southeastern Pennsylvania were without electricity late Tuesday afternoon, reported NBC Philadelphia.