Among the hardest hit towns was Washington, Illinois, which was partially uprooted by an unforgiving EF4 twister.
One of storm's survivors, Marc Wells, captured this harrowing footage of the tornado's assault on his own Washington home from inside the residence.
Amazingly, neither he nor his daughter Josie were injured.
"Here is what my oldest daughter Josie Taylor Wells And I experienced," he writes in the video's description. "I am so glad Kerry Gorman Wells and the other girls were out of town when this storm came through."
[H/T: Blame It On The Voices]