One dead and 20 injured after severe weather hits the Midwest

Severe winds, storms and reports of tornadoes left damage in several cities over the weekend

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Severe weather devastated the Midwest on Sunday, killing one person after a tent collapsed at the Wood Dale Prairie Fest in Chicago.

More than 20 people were injured at the festival, which took place in a Chicago suburb, after storms hit the city around 2:45pm, the Chicago Tribune reported.

"The clouds were kinda giving me a sign that it was going to be a bad storm. We we're going to go on the Giant Drop but then we saw lightning.  We went on a different ride and then it started hailing," Bella Salgado told the paper. The four-day festival was then cancelled due to the severe weather.

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Officials investigate after a fatal tent collapse at the Prairie Fest in Wood Dale, Illinois. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune/Associated Press)

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Festival-goers are evacuated from Lollapalooza Music Festival on Sunday 2 August 2015. (Associated Press)

In the city, a crowd was evacuated from Lollapalooza Music Festival due to storms approaching the Grant Park in Chicago. Nearly 50,000 attendees left and returned, Lollapalooza management told the Chicago Sun-Times.

In Michigan, 70 mphs winds hit Traverse city, cancelling the city's film festival. More than 90,000 people were also left without power during the storm, WZZM-13 reported.

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