After wet weekend, new tornadoes, floods
seen in U.S. Midwest
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[July 01, 2014]
(Reuters) - A strong storm front
that proved deadly in Iowa moved through northern Illinois and southern
Wisconsin on Monday, bringing with it hurricane-force winds and
thunderstorms that damaged homes and took down trees and power lines.
The National Weather Service issued thunderstorm and flash flood
warnings west of Milwaukee and Chicago as storm spotters reported 70
mph (112 kph) winds and baseball and golf ball-size hail that pelted
parts of Iowa earlier on Monday.
One person was killed in Linn County, Iowa, the sheriff's office
said, where storm spotters reported a building collapse in heavy
winds that also snapped limbs and downed trees.
Heavy rains and strong gusts flood streets and downed trees and
power lines in several communities in central Wisconsin, but did not
cause major damage or injuries, said Tod Pritchard, a spokesman for
the Wisconsin Emergency Management department.
"Some of storms have been very powerful," he said.
Tornado warnings were issued for several counties in central
Wisconsin, but no tornado touched down, Pritchard said.
Parts of Northern Illinois and the Chicago area where under tornado
and thunderstorm watches and warnings with strong winds and as much
as 1 inch (2.5 cm) of rain expected, the National Weather Service
More than 182,000 households in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin lost
power during the storms, according to power companies in the region.
The storms canceled more than 200 flights and delayed another 600
flights at O'Hare International Airport, according to
"The main threat has been widespread damaging wind. We've had some
significant gusts," said Greg Dial, a National Weather Service
The storm is expected to reach into Indiana and Michigan on Monday
evening, Dial said.
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The National Weather Service reported golf ball-size hail that broke
windows and damaged cars in Adair, Iowa, and baseball-size hail in
Warren, Iowa on Monday.
The storm came on the heels of heavy rain on Saturday and Sunday
that caused flooding in several states, officials said.
Eastern Iowa received 2 to 5 inches (5 to 12.5 cm) of rain, and on
Saturday night into Sunday morning parts of Eastern Arkansas and
western Tennessee received 10 inches (25 cm) of rain, according to
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
More than a dozen reports of tornadoes were received on Sunday in
Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Wisconsin, said Patrick Marsh, a
meteorologist with NOAA's Storm Prediction Center.
(Reporting by Carey Gillam in Kansas City and Brendan O'Brien in
Milwaukee; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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