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Midwest Hit by Severe Floods, Tornadoes

Powerful late-summer storms sparked life-threatening flash floods and several reported tornadoes across the Midwest.
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Powerful late-summer storms sparked warnings of life-threatening flash floods and reports of several tornadoes across the Midwest overnight. The wild weather is expected to batter Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, and parts of Missouri got 10 inches of rain dumped on it overnight. Morning commuters in Chicago could face torrential rains, floods and winds of up to 60 miles per hour, NBC Chicago reported.

The rains hit areas of Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska the hardest, prompting flood warnings by the National Weather Service. Several people had to be rescued from the rising waters. Five tornadoes were reported Tuesday night in Missouri, mainly in the northwest of the state, according to the NWS. The Weather Channel reported rainfall rates of more than five inches per hour in Nebraska. In Omaha, firefighters rescued a woman and two infants from a van that became submerged in the street, according to WOWT, NBC News’ affiliate. Floods also put a neighborhood in University City, Missouri, under "several feet of water," NBC affialiate KSDK said. The Midwest storms come after the South on Monday was hit with record rainfall that left thousands without power and at least two people dead.


- Alexander Smith