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Tornadoes sweep through the Midwest, killing at least 1

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Posted at 4:52 PM, Feb 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-28 20:24:12-05

A powerful line of thunderstorms have formed in the Midwest Tuesday evening, causing destruction from Wisconsin into Arkansas, with residents bracing for possible tornadoes in the region. 

Around 5 p.m. local time Tuesday, storm spotters posted photos of a possible tornado in LaSalle, Illinois. Coupled with the tornadoes, there were reports of baseball-sized hail falling out of the sky. 

The tornado near LaSalle killed at least one person, according to local officials. 

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LaSalle County is roughly 90 miles of Chicago, with storms moving west to east. 

Most of Illinois, along with parts of Indiana, Missouri, Iowa and Arkansas were placed under tornado watches. Those watches could extend further east into Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee later on Tuesday. 

As of 8 p.m. ET, nine tornadoes have been reported in the Midwest.