Extreme weather pounds the Midwest

Photo: NBC News

(NBC News) — Tornadoes ripped through the Midwest overnight, leaving behind a twisted path of destruction.

In Illinois cell phone video captured the fear and the shock of seeing a massive funnel cloud touch down.

Some people lost everything.  “It was all sentimental stuff and there’s no saving it now,” said one woman whose home was destroyed.

In the small town of Ottawa, Illinois the damage is devastating.  At least one person was killed by a tree ripped from the ground.

In Missouri near Perryville a twister blew nearly a dozen vehicles off Interstate 55.

Buildings and homes shredded by high winds killing one person there.

“Yeah, why does this always happen after night comes? It’s very difficult up there. All the emergency vehicles, the lights are kind of blinding,” Sergeant Al Nothum of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

And in Arkansas, recovery operations are underway in White County after the storm uprooted trees and downed power lines injuring more than a dozen people…

That’s where Eric Helbering lives. “It’s mind blowing. We’ve never had anything like this since I’ve been around and it’s just pretty wild,” said Helbering.

And the threat is far from over.  More tornadoes are expected in the region until later Wednesday night.

You can expect the possibility of major airport delays from New York City south to New Orleans due to a line of afternoon & evening

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