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Tornadoes cause damage in Kansas and Iowa as severe storms hit Midwest

Strong storms caused damage in parts of the central United States on Tuesday and spawned tornadoes in Kansas and Iowa, including one that injured two people.

An EF-1 tornado touched down shortly after 6 a.m. near Richland, a city in northeastern Kansas, the National Weather Service said. The tornado reached speeds of up to 100 mph and remained on the ground for about 20 minutes, the service said.

Two people were injured when their RV overturned during the tornado. Details about the injuries were not immediately available. Buildings and trees were also damaged in the nearby town of Overbrook.

A storm-damaged RV is seen April 16, 2024, near Overbrook, Kansas
A storm-damaged RV is seen April 16, 2024, near Overbrook, Kansas.

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In central Iowa, a barn was demolished and other buildings were damaged after a tornado touched down in a rural area of ​​Dallas County. The weather service also reported ping-pong ball-sized hail in Bloomfield, just north of the Missouri border. No injuries were immediately reported.

Iowa State Trooper Paul Gardner was on duty when he spotted a tornado and filmed it, sharing the video. on social networks.

At least two homes suffered “significant damage” in the eastern Iowa communities of Yarmouth and Mediapolis, the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office reported, but there were no injuries.

The weather service said the central United States was at risk of severe weather through Tuesday. Thunderstorms were expected in parts of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and northwest Illinois, potentially accompanied by large hail and damaging winds. Some isolated storms were also possible in the south-central, the service said.

In Missouri, Chicago-bound American Eagle Flight 3661 returned to Kansas City International Airport shortly before 6 a.m., shortly after takeoff, due to possible lightning, a spokeswoman said. ‘American Airlines, Gianna Urgo, in an email. Maintenance workers were inspecting the plane for damage. The passengers were then transferred to other flights, Urgo said.

An RV was overturned and the roof was torn off a building when a strong storm hit the area around Smithville Lake in western Missouri, the Clay County Sheriff’s Department said. An 11-year-old boy and his parents lived in the camper and sheltered in the campground bathroom, officials said.

“They and their animals are safe, but they lost almost everything else,” the Clay County Sheriff’s Department said.

In Iowa, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office said “the fast-moving storm broke out quickly and spawned numerous small tornadoes.” Photos from the area show children’s playground equipment in the yard destroyed by felled trees.

Downed trees and power lines were reported in several communities near Kansas City.

CBS Chicago reports The region faced a threat of a severe storm Tuesday evening, with damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes possible. A tornado watch expired at 10 p.m. for LaSalle and DeKalb counties, west of Chicago, as well as counties farther west in Illinois and in south-central and southwest Texas. Wisconsin. Rockford, Dixon, Peoria and Quincy in Illinois, as well as Janesville and Madison in Wisconsin, were all affected.

Heavy rain forced Major League Baseball to postpone a Tuesday night game between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago. It will now take place on Wednesday as part of a doubleheader.

The forecast calls for “more active storms tonight and tomorrow … just pushing my dad east and south,” meteorologist Mike Bettes of The Weather Channel told CBS News. “So, active storms in Milwaukee, Chicago, and possibly tomorrow in Michigan, Ohio.”

For Wednesday, Bettes said, “We have a serious weather threat in Detroit, Fort Wayne, Columbus and Cleveland.”


The threat of severe weather will persist through the night

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