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Tornado tears through swath of Minnesota

Minnesota, USA
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. - A strong storm packing at least one tornado raked a half-mile-wide path of destruction in northwestern Minnesota, ripping up roofs and trees and pushing cars off the road Friday, the National Weather Service said.

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U.S. - At least four tornadoes struck in Kansas on Thursday as the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic worked to restore power and clean out flooded homes after a rash of severe thunderstorms left three people dead. And in the Mid-Atlantic, work crews were trying to restore power to thousands of homes ahead of a sweltering weekend forecast. In West Virginia, residents were just starting to dry out Thursday night after storms on Wednesday dumped several inches of rain and knocked out power to 67,000 customers. All four gas stations and both grocery stores in Gilmer County, W.Va., were under water after the Little Kanawha River crested 9 feet above flood stage.

IOWA - Floodwaters have spread across Iowa, and it could get a lot worse. The National Weather Service predicts heavy rain and possible hail to fall across the state through this morning. Parts of southwest Iowa have been the hardest hit, with some areas getting isolated tornado damage from Wednesday followed by heavy rain and hail.

A RECORD AMOUNT OF RAINFALL inundated the Des Moines area last night, flooding streets and raising Walnut Creek to flood stage levels. The weather pattern causing the poor conditions in the state could stay active for the next week, and flare up every two to three days. Image: Des Moines, Iowa, June 6, 2008
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