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Ice pellets and snow frustrate holiday travel rush

CHICAGO | A storm with a 2,000-mile footprint threatened to frustrate Christmas travelers from Texas to Nova Scotia with a little of everything Mother Nature has to offer, from freezing rain, ice and snow to flooding, thunderstorms and possibly some tornadoes in the South.

December 21, 2013 2:00 pm
Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep across Midwest

Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep across Midwest

Pat Whitaker, 82, sits under a blanket in her nightgown outside her home waiting for help to come in Gifford, Ill. on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to …

November 18, 2013 12:07 am
Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep across Midwest

Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep across Midwest

Josh Ramsey recovers items from a house of a family friend after a tornado left a path of devastation through the north end of Pekin, Ill., hitting right about noon Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in seve…

November 18, 2013 12:07 am
Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep across Midwest

Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep across Midwest

Shirley Wolf says she hung on to her dog Sammy for dear life as a tornado destroyed her home at 306 Delshire in Pekin, Il.,Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sen…

November 18, 2013 12:07 am
Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep across Midwest

Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep across Midwest

Aimee Royer holds a dog she rescued from debris after a Sunday morning tornado sliced through a subdivision on the North side of Washington, Ill., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Royer and her friend, Kendra Gray, at right, said their home was spared. Several homes are cleared down to the foundation.…

November 18, 2013 12:07 am
Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep across Midwest

Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep across Midwest

A fire truck and other vehicles lineup near what was left of Curt Zehr’s home about a mile northeast of Washington, Ill., on Sunday, Nov. 17. Intense thunderstorms spawning tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday. (AP Photo/David Mercer)

November 18, 2013 12:07 am
Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep across Midwest

Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep across Midwest

A view of part of Washington, Ill. is seen from Mackenzie Street in Washington, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 after a tornado moved through the area. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending…

November 18, 2013 12:07 am
Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep across Midwest

Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep across Midwest

A couple walks down a street in the Devonshire subdivision on the North side of Washington, Ill., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for …

November 18, 2013 12:07 am
Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep across Midwest

Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep across Midwest

A tree was pulled out of the ground by the roots, collapsing onto a house after a tornado left a path of devastation through the north end of Pekin, Il.,Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central …

November 18, 2013 12:07 am
Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep across Midwest

Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep across Midwest

East Peoria resident Billy Vestal evacuates with his daughter, Lillian Vestal, 3, after a tornado damaged the area near Chestnut Road in East Peoria, Il.,Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central…

November 18, 2013 12:07 am
Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep across Midwest

Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep across Midwest

A view of part of Washington, Ill. is seen Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 after a tornado moved through the area. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelte…

November 18, 2013 12:07 am
Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep across Midwest

Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep across Midwest

An overturned car rests on top of tree branches and other rubble near the destroyed home of Curt Zehr about a mile northeast of Washington, Ill., on Sunday, Nov. 17. Intense thunderstorms spawning tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday. (AP Photo/David Mercer)

November 18, 2013 12:07 am
Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep through Midwest

Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep through Midwest

East Peoria resident Billy Vestal evacuates with his daughter, Lillian Vestal, 3, after a tornado damaged the area near Chestnut Road in East Peoria, Il.,Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central…

November 17, 2013 3:06 pm
AP PHOTOS: Devastation and death in Philippines

AP PHOTOS: Devastation and death in Philippines

Tacloban city, devastated by powerful Typhoon Haiyan, is seen in Leyte province, central Philippines Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The central Philippine city of Tacloban was in ruins Saturday, a day after being ravaged by one of the strongest typhoons on record, as horrified residents spoke of st…

November 10, 2013 8:12 am
AP PHOTOS: Devastation and death in Philippines

AP PHOTOS: Devastation and death in Philippines

A resident looks at houses damaged by typhoon Haiyan, in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded slammed into central Philippine provinces Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction and scores of peop…

November 10, 2013 8:12 am
AP PHOTOS: Devastation and death in Philippines

AP PHOTOS: Devastation and death in Philippines

Residents sift through the rubble of their damaged house following a powerful typhoon that hit Tacloban city, in Leyte province, central Philippines Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The central Philippine city of Tacloban was in ruins Saturday, a day after being ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan, one of the …

November 10, 2013 8:12 am
AP PHOTOS: Devastation and death in Philippines

AP PHOTOS: Devastation and death in Philippines

A Filipino boy carries bottled water amongst the damaged houses where a ship was washed ashore in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. The city remains littered with debris from damaged homes as many complain of shortages of food and water and no elect…

November 10, 2013 8:12 am
AP PHOTOS: Devastation and death in Philippines

AP PHOTOS: Devastation and death in Philippines

Survivors walk past a ship that lies on top of damaged homes after it was washed ashore in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. The city remains littered with debris from damaged homes as many complain of shortage of food, water and no electricity since…

November 10, 2013 8:12 am
AP PHOTOS: Devastation and death in Philippines

AP PHOTOS: Devastation and death in Philippines

A vehicle lies amidst debris brought about by powerful typhoon Haiyan that hit Tacloban city, in Leyte province in central Philippines Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Rescuers in the central Philippines counted at least 100 people dead and many more injured Saturday, a day after one of the most powe…

November 10, 2013 8:12 am
AP PHOTOS: Devastation and death in Philippines

AP PHOTOS: Devastation and death in Philippines

Bodies wrapped in blankets are placed inside a damaged chapel Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, a day after powerful Typhoon Haiyan slammed Tacloban city, in Leyte province, central Philippines. The central Philippine city of Tacloban was in ruins Saturday, a day after being ravaged by one of the stro…

November 10, 2013 8:12 am
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