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Tornadoes rip through Illinois, killing 8 in record-breaking outbreak

Tornadoes ripped through the Ohio Valley on Sunday, destroying homes and killing at least 8 in what's being touted as a record-breaking severe weather outbreak for the month of November.

As many as 50 tornadoes touched down, including the first-ever EF-4 to hit the town of Washington, Illinois, destroying 250 to 500 homes. On the Enhanced Fujita Scale, an EF-4 has winds ranging from 166-200 miles per hour.

Salvation Army Lt. Lynn Lopez says the emergency response was extremely quick.

There are several ways to donate. Most notably, you can donate online at donate.salvationarmyusa.org/usc/2013-storms, or via text message. Just text the word "STORM" to 80888, and click "Yes" to confirm your donation. $10 will be added to your phone bill as a charitable donation.

Lopez says it's difficult to stage items like household goods and clothing until after cleanup, so those items will go to local Salvation Army thrift stores. Vouchers for thrift store items are provided to folks in disaster areas. Also, if your company or organization wishes to donate goods and money to the tornado relief effort, call 847-795-3086 for more information.

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