Powerful tornadoes tear across U.S. Midwest

Tornado devastation in Washington, Illinois, USA, 18 Nov 2013 (Twitter)

Tornado devastation in Washington, Illinois, USA, 18 Nov 2013 (Twitter)

Meteorologists say two tornadoes which touched down on Sunday in the state of Illinois, USA have been given ratings of EF-4 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale – one in the city of Washington and the other in the village of New Minden.

These twisters are now the strongest November tornadoes on record in Illinois where peak winds reached 300 km/h.

Almost 50 tornadoes touched down across the American Midwest and Ohio River Valley.

The clean up is well underway as cold Arctic air settles in over the region.