June 6th, 2010
11:13 AM ET

Severe weather kills 7 in Ohio

A tornado touched down in Elmwood, Illinois, on Saturday night, police say.

[Updated at 5:30 p.m. ET] The death toll in Ohio from severe weather Saturday and early Sunday has risen to seven, authorities said.

The deaths came in Wood County, Ohio, 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.

Video: Storm rips through Ohio

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.

Severe weather struck much of the Midwest on Saturday and early Sunday. In Michigan, 11 people were injured when a storm struck Monroe County, Michigan, 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.

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

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[Updated at 11:35 a.m. ET] Four people were killed overnight in severe weather in Wood County, Ohio, the state Emergency Management Agency told CNN Sunday.

Severe weather struck throughout the region.

A tornado touched down in central Illinois Saturday, police said, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Video: Roofs torn off in Illinois tornado

The Peoria County Sheriff's Office said the tornado touched down in Elmwood, Illinois. 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 and tore the second stories off buildings, WMBD reported. Authorities had closed major roads in the area, WMBD said.

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  1. um

    Sorry to hear such a news.

    June 6, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. damiao

    http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com may soul Rest in Peace....

    June 6, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. Deana

    So sorry to hear this! May they RIP. Theyre families will bein my thoughts and prayers!

    June 6, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tom

    Four Dead in Ohio? They were Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

    June 6, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • J. Hall

      time and place for everything...this is not the time and it was not your place

      June 6, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • innocent bystander

      That was a rude and unfeeling thing to say. It's not OK to joke at tragedy. People have lost loved ones. There is nothing funny about that.

      August 3, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. Neil Young

    Four dead in Ohio

    June 6, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. abbydaddy

    So sad. Mother nature still gets the upper hand sometimes, even with all our technology.

    June 6, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Don - Northwood,Ohio

    I was out in it last night and this AM, Mobile Homes torn up, some laying on their side, Police Cars trashed along with the Station and the High School across the road from the police station, we think that at least 2 Tornadoes touched down.
    We have been very lucky in this specific area for many years now, most all of the Tornadoes in this region in the past 45 Years were further out away from the highly populated areas.
    I really hope it is another 45 years or MORE before we see this again.

    June 6, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. trena warren

    My heart goes out to these familys you are in my prayers

    June 6, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. damiao

    This is a hard time, in particular for those homeless and poverty ones. http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com

    June 6, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
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    June 7, 2010 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. LAMB

    We live in Lake Township. Homes demolished...some with nothing left but the foundation, others in variable states of disrepair; cars/trucks/vans in fields; train cars, mobile homes and semi-truck trailers overturned and/or tossed about like toys. People torn from their homes/vehicles. When the warning sirens sound RUN for safety and do not leave your safe place until the all clear is given. The tornado hit long after the sirens had stopped sounding. Until you see what a tornado can do you cannot fully imagine it's power or potential for destruction.

    June 7, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      I live in Northwest Ohio also Near Liberty Center and Delta where one of the Others hit in Fulton County and I totally agree you never really image how much Damage it can do until it Hits home i pray for all those who lost their homes and loved ones my heart goes out to you. I have been helping with clean up and will continue to do so until they dont need me anymore.

      June 9, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |