"The whole neighborhood's gone. The wall of my fireplace is all that is left of my house." — Michael Perdun, speaking by cellphone from the hard-hit central Illinois town of Washington, where he said his neighborhood was wiped out in a matter of seconds by severe weather.
"The darkest night is over but it's not yet 100 percent." Regional military commander Lt. Gen. Roy Deveraturda in the Philippines, as aid flows into the typhoon zone and communities begin to shift from survival mode to one of early recovery.
"All governments gather information, and all governments know that every other government gathers information." — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, as he refused to comment on media reports that an Australian security agency attempted to listen in on Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yuhoyonon's cell phone in 2009.