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Severe midwest storms claim eight lives

MIDWEST US   --  (ABC) The rising death toll in Sunday's rash of tornadoes and storms across the midwest.   Eight people have now died.
The twisters took the worst toll in Southern Illinois, where fierce winds tore apart whole neighborhoods.

Their every belonging - shredded strewn across - what used to be a neighborhood.
"This is what my house looks like after a tornado came through. This is my house folks."

Scenes like this - repeated across at least five states in the midwest after as many as 81 reported tornadoes - touched down yesterday.

Carving chilling paths of destruction -
Tornado in my backyard!! - screaming - go go go
Leveling homes---

Crashing through this busy Starbucks in Indiana-
"All we could hear was glass shattering everywhere. // and when we came out-- the building was gone."

The severe weather threat - sending 60 thousand football fans  at Chicago's Soldier Field- rushing for cover during last night's game

"Due to inclement weather, the game will be temporarily suspended."
And further south in Illinois - an EF-4 tornado  - creating the most terrifying moments of Lisa Hunter and her kids' lives

"It was scary. Really scary."
 Brevin:  We just covered up with a mattress. And she was holding me tight, I was holding her tight.

Their town - Washington, Illinois - among the hardest hit.  The severity of the devastation here ust starting to sink in

"We need all the help we can get in this town."
6 people killed, search and rescue crews - back out today looking for anyone who might still be trapped beneath the rubble.