Deadly Weekend Storms Strike Midwest, South

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Deadly weekend storms struck the Midwest and South, and out West, firefighters continue to fight a large wildfire in the Santa Barbara area.

People living in the Midwest and South were assessing the damage and  beginning the clean-up process Monday, after deadly storms tore through both regions.

Six Deaths Blamed on Storms

At least six deaths were blamed on falling trees and tornado force winds. Some winds speeds reached 120 miles per hour.

Hundreds of homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed in Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, and Kentucky, and tens of thousands remain without power.

Sherry May and her husband Joe live in Pike County, Kentucky. They say they have no homeowners insurance.

" (The storm) destroyed everything we've got," she said. "Since this happened I've cried, day in, day out."

"I'm going to try to fix my house," Joe May said. "I have no place to go."

West Virginia Floods 

Some homes had to be evacuated in southern West Virginia after more than two inches of rain caused flooding. The high water closed several main roads.

"This is as bad as I have seen since I've been governor," said West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin. "I've lived around floods all my life and this is as bad as I've seen anywhere."

And out west, investigators say the Santa Barbara County wildfire that has scorched 13 square miles and destroyed dozens of homes was apparently sparked by a power tool used to clear vegetation.

The fire has destroyed 31 homes and damaged 47 others. Firefighters have the blaze 65 percent contained.

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