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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Emergency responders are fanned out across the Midwest, targeting Central Illinois where a tornado leveled homes and killed at least six people.  

The tornado in Washington, Illinois is 20 miles away from Peoria where CBS News 8's Larry Himmel's son, Miles, attends Bradley University. Fortunately he is in an exchange program in Los Angeles so he was not caught in the severe storm but his college friends and professors are and working to recover from the devastation.  

"This is a girl I went to school with and you are seeing pictures like these and it's just, you know those places, you drive by those places," said Miles Himmel.  

He's been scrolling through Facebook and Twitter and texting roommates. 

"I texted my roommate and friends and at first the communication wasn't really there. You have telephone poles you don't know really what's going on," said Himmel. "It's scary when it hits so close like that."

He told CBS News 8 he received a text message alert from Bradley Sunday morning but didn't think much about it until he saw the images on social media and television. 

"I have never gotten a text that said, 'take cover,'" said Himmel.  

He's been on campus for severe storm warnings but didn't think there would be a tornado especially in November.  

"We can get these outbreaks in the wintertime truthfully," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Cynthia Palmer.  

She and other NWS meteorologist say while tornadoes are more prevalent in the spring, they are not uncommon in November. In the fall there usually is not enough heat from the sun to produce severe thunderstorms but cooler weather from Canada and 60 to 710 degree temperatures forecasted with a mix of high winds can create deadly twister like the one in Washington, Illinois.  

"There was the potential for these big storms and things were tracking the way we expected them to track," said Palmer. 

Although Miles is thousands of miles away from college and professors, he knows the pain of losing a home and recovering from a natural disaster. The Himmel's lost their home in the 2007 Witch Creek fire.

"It's just stuff, as long as you have each other and you have your family," said Himmel.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center reported there were only 8 tornadoes across the country in November 2012. Two of them were reported in Central California in Tulare County. No serious injures were reported.

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