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12/01/2007

Winter Storm Blasts the Midwest

Breaking Storm News
Midwest, USA
Image: A winter storm struck a wide swath of the Midwest. Ice brought down power lines in Iowa, leaving 14,000 in the dark. Thousands in west-central Illinois also lost electricty. Above, ice encases branches in Omaha, Neb.

DES MOINES, Iowa (Dec. 1) -- Snow and ice plastered a wide area of the Midwest on Saturday, interrupting campaigning by presidential hopefuls, disrupting airport and highway traffic and killing at least two people.

The National Weather Service posted winter storm and ice warnings across parts of Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, the eastern Dakotas, Illinois and northern Michigan, although some warnings were lifted by midday. Six to 16 inches of snow was forecast in parts of Minnesota.

Much of Iowa was hit by snow, sleet and freezing rain.

Hundreds of flights were canceled at airports in Des Moines, Chicago and Milwaukee. Officials decided to close Des Moines International Airport for several hours after a United Airlines plane slid off a taxiway as it was heading to a runway for a flight to Chicago's O'Hare.
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