'Get ready now': 53 million people at risk as deadly storm wallops Midwest

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A powerful storm system has brought tornadoes and damaging winds to large swaths of the Midwest. At least one person was confirmed killed in a storm-related incident, Illinois officials say.

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Catastrophic storms’ costs put cloud over federal budgets

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The three states hardest hit by super-storm Sandy in October are requesting $80 billion in emergency funding, raising long-term questions about the federal government’s planning for seemingly ever-more expensive disaster spending.

2 dead after winds slam Midwest, Northeast; twister hits NY town

At least two people were killed after severe thunderstorms unleashed heavy rain and strong winds across parts of the Midwest and Northeast on Thursday, grounding hundreds of flights and leaving tens of thousands of people without power.

In Brooklyn, N.Y., a  61-year-old man was killed when scaffolding fell on him after lightning struck a church steeple.

(Photo: A storm cloud begins to dump rain over Brooklyn on Thursday night. Lucas Jackson / Reuters)

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Warnings after 9 die amid searing heat, storms

With more triple-digit heat in the forecast, millions of people in the Mid-Atlantic area were without power on Saturday after violent storms with 80-mph gusts toppled trees, cut power lines and killed four people.

Ohio also saw up to 1 million homes and businesses without power Saturday morning due to the storm front overnight.

White out: A rapidly intensifying storm approaching the west coast of Alaska could become “one of the worst on record” for the region, the National Weather Service said in an alert.

"Essentially the entire west coast of Alaska is going to see blizzard and winter conditions: heavy snow, poor visibility, high winds," Bob Fischer, lead NWS forecaster in Alaska, told alaskadispatch.com.

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