Storms flatten buildings, leave thousands without power

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SHELBY, Ohio (AP) Residents of much of the eastern Great Lakes and mid-Atlantic regions woke up Monday to damaged buildings, closed schools, and dark homes and businesses after powerful storms that spawned at least one tornado.

Damage in Shelby, Ohio. (CNN VAN photo)

The National Weather Service says a tornado touched down Sunday evening in Shelby, Ohio, about 90 miles southwest of Cleveland.

A half-dozen homes were damaged and at least six people were injured.

The weather service says high winds in Pennsylvania that may have been tornadoes flattened a house and several barns and blew out windows.

Toppled trees are blocking streets.

The storms collapsed a roof at a New Jersey apartment complex, disrupted rail service in the mid-Atlantic and caused airport delays.

Tens of thousands of utility customers are without power across the region.

The system that spawned the storms was the same one that produced an EF3 tornado with 140-mile-per-hour winds that plowed through Robertson County Saturday and damaged or destroyed 55 homes, a church under construction, four businesses, a food pantry, a duplex and part of the local housing authority building on the south side of Franklin.

More than a dozen people were injured, but none of the injuries was believed to be life-threatening.

Two people were hospitalized.

No deaths were reported.

As the storm system pushed east, two children, ages 8 and 3, were killed on a back road in East Texas when a pine tree fell onto the car in which they and their parents were riding near Pollock.

The parents were not injured.

At least 25 people were taken to hospitals after a tornado struck the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site in East Texas during a Native American cultural event in Alto, where there was widespread damage.

One of the injured later died.

The National Weather Service found evidence of an EF-3 twister with winds of at least 136 miles per hour near Weches, Texas that claimed one life.

Weather service teams confirmed eight tornadoes in Mississippi and at least three weak tornadoes in Alabama.

Four people died in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.