Illinois woman had to run for cover as storm hit

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HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) -- A southern Illinois woman whose home was nearly destroyed by the pre-dawn storm that ripped through the region says she had to run to take shelter in her bathtub.

Margaret Shimkus of Harrisburg described the moment the storm hit around 5 a.m. Wednesday, recalling how she was awoken by the sound of loud crashing and shattering glass. She first tried to get under her bed, but then ran to her bathtub as parts of the building blew apart.

The 61-year-old woman says only the walls of her duplex were left standing. Besides a cut on her leg from flying glass, she wasn't seriously hurt. Four other apartments in her complex were destroyed.

State and local officials in the city of Harrisburg reported 6 deaths from the storm.

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