[Updated at 5:34 p.m. ET] The death toll from a powerful storm system that spawned suspected tornadoes in the Midwest - and at least one with winds estimated at 170 mph - has risen to nine, authorities say. More than 100 people were injured.
[Updated at 12:14 p.m. ET] The death toll from severe weather sweeping through Kansas, Missouri and Illinois has risen to seven - five in Illinois, according to Harrisburg Mayor Eric Gregg, and two in Missouri.
[Updated at 11:31 a.m. ET] At least five people have been killed as a result of storms that hit the Midwest on Wednesday, authorities said, including three who were killed when an apparent tornado struck Harrisburg, Illinois, early Wednesday.
[Posted at 2:13 a.m. ET] Emergency teams combed the tiny Kansas community of Harveyville early Wednesday after severe weather raked the area, injuring at least nine people, state officials said.
Gov. Sam Brownback declared a state of emergency for the town of 236 people about 20 miles southwest of Topeka that was hit by an "apparent tornado" Tuesday night.FULL STORY