Powerful storm moving east as the D.C.-to-Boston corridor braces for rush-hour rain

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Rain and high winds blew through huge swaths of the Midwest and East Coast on Wednesday, just one day after much of the nation experienced record high temperatures.

There were reports of six tornadoes, five in northern Illinois and one in Michigan, between Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

The tornadoes were among the first ever recorded in February in the Chicago metro area.

About 123 million Americans lived in regions with high wind alerts on Wednesday, with forecasts of at least 39 mph expected to hit Chicago, Buffalo, New York, Boston and Atlanta.