Storm System Moves East After Battering
Central United States
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[June 05, 2014]
By Mary Wisniewski
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A nasty storm system
that has pelted homes and cars with hail up to the size of a baseball in
the central Plains and caused flash floods is expected to bring high
winds, more hail and possible tornadoes to the Ohio Valley on Wednesday,
Southern Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, southern Ohio, West Virginia
and Tennessee are in the path of the storm system, according to Bill
Bunting, a forecaster at the National Storm Prediction Center in
"It doesn't appear to be as bad," Bunting said. "I think we'll see
reports of damaging winds and large hail and maybe an isolated
Storms pounded parts of the central United States on Tuesday with
reports of baseball-sized hail that smashed homes and cars in
Nebraska and high winds that ripped off roofs in Iowa, where the
high winds forced suspension of voting in a primary election in some
A dozen people suffered minor injuries after being struck by the
outsized hailstones while fleeing for cover at a Walmart store in
Blair, Nebraska, north of Omaha, Fire Chief Kent Nicholson said.
Flights were suspended for four hours at Omaha's airport on Tuesday
because of the high winds, flash flooding and nickel- to
quarter-sized hail, an airport spokesman said.
There were 13 reports of tornadoes in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas,
said AccuWeather.com senior meteorologist Paul Walker.
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Omaha emergency officials helped 17 people escape flooding on
Tuesday, though the water has since receded and residents have
returned to their homes, according to Omaha Fire Department
Battalion Chief Tim McCaw.
(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Will Dunham)
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