Powerful rainstorms hit East Coast; Midwest States clean up

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Severe weather that pounded the Midwest and spawned tornadoes shifted on Tuesday to the East Coast, where tornado warnings were issued in several states.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for much of southern New England, and strong thunderstorms in Connecticut caused widespread power outages. Storms moving into Philadelphia on Tuesday evening blackened the sky. Storms north of the city in Hazelton broke off tree branches.

The heat also was a problem. Several people were treated for heat-related issues at a high school graduation in southern New Jersey, where temperatures were in the high 80s.

Strong storms that swept across northern Illinois spawned at least four tornadoes, severely damaged homes and forced first responders to pull survivors from basements, officials said Tuesday.

At least four tornadoes also hit parts of Michigan late Monday into early Tuesday, while possible tornadoes went through northern Indiana and Iowa. The storms knocked out power to thousands of people, but by Tuesday morning the skies had cleared and the rain had moved east.

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The sun sets on the Washington Monument after a summer storm came through the area, on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Washington. Severe weather that pounded the Midwest and spawned tornadoes shifted on Tuesday to the East Coast, where tornado warnings were issued in several states and rainstorms were strong enough to stop train service. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Tourists explore a granite boulder outcropping after thunderstorms cleared the area at sunset, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE, 23: A bolt of lightning strikes across the Anacostia river as a rainbow graces the sky near Nationals Park as the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves were in a two plus hour rain delay on June 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
The sun sets on the White House after a summer storm came through the area Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Washington. Severe weather that pounded the Midwest and spawned tornadoes shifted on Tuesday to the East Coast, where tornado warnings were issued in several states and rainstorms were strong enough to stop train service. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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With storm clouds above, members of the Yankee Stadium grounds crew prepare the field for a baseball game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Lightning strikes over Mount Nittany in State College, Pa., Tuesday, June 23, 2015, as a thunderstorm moves through Centre County. Severe weather that pounded the Midwest and spawned tornadoes shifted on Tuesday to the East Coast, where tornado warnings were issued in several states and rainstorms were strong enough to stop train service. (Nabil K. Mark/Centre Daily Times via AP)
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Particularly hard hit on Monday night was a private camping resort in Sublette, Illinois, about 100 miles west of Chicago, where five people were hurt and one was hospitalized with serious injuries. The National Weather Service confirmed it was a tornado with winds between 111 mph and 135 mph.

Fire Chief Kevin Schultz said damage was worse than anticipated, spread across about 700 acres of the Woodhaven Association resort.

"At this point in time, the best words to describe it is decimated," Schultz said Tuesday morning. "There are trailers that are in trees. There are trailers that are upside down. ... It is the worst thing I've ever seen."

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner deployed an 80-member search-and-rescue team to assist and said he was concerned out-of-towners were hurt or trapped and wouldn't be reported missing.

About 70 miles southeast of the camping resort, another tornado raked Coal City and damaged several subdivisions. Five people in the city of about 5,000 residents suffered minor injuries.

Debra Burla said she and her husband sheltered in an underground crawlspace on their 100-year-old farm but the wind nearly sucked her out of it.

"I kept crawling to the middle (of the crawlspace) ... because I was sitting right by the opening of it," said Burla, whose farm was heavily damaged.

Her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter were temporarily stuck in their own crawlspace after their garage collapsed on top of it.

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Gary Rink walks behind his home Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Coal City, Ill., after a tornado passed through the Coal City area Monday evening. The National Weather Service confirmed a twister touched down in the community of approximately 5,000 residents, about 60 miles southwest of Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Bernie Burla drives a tractor out of a barn past a damaged grain silo on his family farm Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Coal City, Ill., after a tornado passed through the Coal City area Monday evening. The National Weather Service confirmed a twister touched down in the community of approximately 5,000 residents, about 60 miles southwest of Chicago . (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Workers lay tarp on a storm damaged home Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Coal City, Ill., after a tornado passed through the area Monday evening. The National Weather Service confirmed a twister touched down in the community of approximately 5,000 residents, about 60 miles southwest of Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Bernie Burla drives a tractor past a damaged grain silo on his family farm Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Coal City, Ill., after a tornado passed through the Coal City area Monday evening. The National Weather Service confirmed a twister touched down in the community of approximately 5,000 residents, about 60 miles southwest of Chicago . (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23: A pickup truck drives through a flooded roadway on W Daisy Place after a tornado struck the previous day on June 23, 2015 in Coal City, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23: The scoreboard at Coal City High School's football field is left damaged after a tornado struck the previous day on June 23, 2015 in Coal City, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 22: Lighting strikes outside of Joliet, Illinois from a tornadic supercell that produced a tornado that struck Coral City on June 22, 2015 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23: The scoreboard at Coal City High School's football field is left damaged after a tornado struck the previous day on June 23, 2015 in Coal City, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23: A view of damage on Coaler Drive after a tornado struck the previous day, on June 23, 2015 in Coal City, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23: Mitch Hamann of Coal City moves his damaged patio furniture to the curb on W. Daisy Place on June 23, 2015 after a tornado struck the previous day in Coal City, Illinois. The National Weather Service has confirmed that at least five tornadoes touched down in north central Illinois, causing widespread damage and power outages. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23: A playground set lays on the ground in the backyard of a home on W. Daisy Place on June 23, 2015 after a tornado struck the previous day in Coal City, Illinois. The National Weather Service has confirmed that at least five tornadoes touched down in north central Illinois, causing widespread damage and power outages. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23: A damaged vehicle sits in a driveway on W. Daisy Place on June 23, 2015 after a tornado struck the previous day in Coal City, Illinois. The National Weather Service has confirmed that at least five tornadoes touched down in north central Illinois, causing widespread damage and power outages. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23: Bryan Phelan talks on the phone outside of his home on W. Daisy Place on June 23, 2015 after a tornado struck the previous day in Coal City, Illinois. The National Weather Service has confirmed that at least five tornadoes touched down in north central Illinois, causing widespread damage and power outages. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23: Gezim Bakiu of the Coal City Mantainence Department works to unclog a drain on W. Daisy Place on June 23, 2015 after a tornado struck the previous day in Coal City, Illinois. The National Weather Service has confirmed that at least five tornadoes touched down in north central Illinois, causing widespread damage and power outages. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23: American flags are placed on the mailbox of a house on W. Daisy Place on June 23, 2015 after a tornado struck the previous day in Coal City, Illinois. The National Weather Service has confirmed that at least five tornadoes touched down in north central Illinois, causing widespread damage and power outages. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23: Alex Wills of Mazon helps his uncle clean up his property on W. Daisy Place on June 23, 2015 after a tornado struck the previous day in Coal City, Illinois. The National Weather Service has confirmed that at least five tornadoes touched down in north central Illinois, causing widespread damage and power outages. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23: A hat is stuck on the roof of a house on W Daisy Place after a tornado struck the previous day on June 23, 2015 in Coal City, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23: A car drives through a flooded street and a damaged house on Oak Drive after a tornado struck the previous day on June 23, 2015 in Coal City, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23: Debris lay in a retention pond off of S Carbon Hill Road after a tornado struck the previous day on June 23, 2015 in Coal City, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23: A car is stuck under a collapsed garage on Coaler Drive after a tornado struck the previous day on June 23, 2015 in Coal City, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23: Debris lay in a retention pond while utility crews work on S Carbon Hill Road after a tornado struck the previous day on June 23, 2015 in Coal City, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23: A view of a flooded street and damaged homes on W Daisy Place after a tornado struck the previous day on June 23, 2015 in Coal City, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23: Bryan Phelan of Coral City talks on the phone outside of his home and damaged vehicle on W Daisy Place after a tornado struck the previous day on June 23, 2015 in Coal City, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23: The scoreboard at Coal City High School's football field is left damaged after a tornado struck the previous day on June 23, 2015 in Coal City, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23: A playground set lays on the ground in the backyard of a home on W Daisy Place after a tornado struck the previous day on June 23, 2015 in Coal City, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, right, talks to Kim Doglio next to her storm damaged car outside her home Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Coal City, Ill., after a tornado passed through the area Monday evening. The National Weather Service confirmed a twister touched down in the community of approximately 5,000 residents, about 60 miles southwest of Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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The Illinois Emergency Management Agency was gathering information on the extent of the storm damage in the area.

In Michigan, a series of severe thunderstorms damaged homes and caused power outages. More than 50 homes as well as church and other buildings were damaged by a tornado Monday in Portland, 25 miles northwest of Lansing. The National Weather Service said a tornado hit early Tuesday near Manchester, southwest of Ann Arbor.

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Associated Press writers Jason Keyser and Caryn Rousseau contributed to this report.

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