Tornadoes ripped through America’s mid-West leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.
Weather scientists are working to verify the number of tornadoes which touched down in Illinois, Iowa and Ohio.
Illinois was the worst affected. One person has died in Fairdale and several others were hospitalised as a result of the severe storms. Not one home escaped damage when a tornado touched down in the town located 140 kilometres from Chicago.
According to meteorologists at the National Weather Service the storms left an 80km path of tornado damage in Illinois.
They were part of a severe weather system that was predicted to affect 95 million people on Thursday from north-east Texas to Michigan.
Forecasters are also warning of possible severe storms continuing across the south-east US states, as well as a heightened risk of tornadoes in the Baltimore to Washington DC region.