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16 tornadoes hit central United States




Saturday, June 4, 2005 Posted: 8:07 PM EDT (0007 GMT)




(CNN) -- Storms drenched parts of the nation's midsection Saturday, and twisters were reported in several states in the first major outbreak of tornadoes this year.


At least 16 tornadoes that brought rain, flooding and some hail, touched down in parts of Wisconsin, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Oklahoma.


A tornado was reported in central Wisconsin, the National Weather Service said, and Ashland and Taylor counties in the north-central section of the state reported heavy storms with damaging winds.


Winds faster than 50 mph hit Chicago, and at least 19,000 residents were without power in the afternoon.


At least two tornadoes were reported straddling Missouri and Kansas near Interstate 29 about 5 p.m. They were reported in the vicinity of Holt County in northwest Missouri and Doniphan County in northeast Kansas. A tornado later was spotted to the west, in Brown County, Kansas.


Storms also moved across Oklahoma City, and at least one tornado was sighted in southern Oklahoma, in the vicinity of Stephens and Comanche counties.


Conditions were expected to worsen as the night wears on.


The National Weather Service warned that conditions in other areas also were right for strong twisters, large hail, damaging winds and flash flooding.




Rain forecast for Plains, Southeast



Friday, June 3, 2005 Posted: 7:33 AM EDT (1133 GMT)




(AP) -- Forecasters predicted lightning, heavy rain, strong wind gusts and large hail in the Plains on Friday, while thunderstorms were also predicted for the Southeast, where a front was hovering over the region.


The Plains system was expected to bring scattered storms and rain showers -- a few of them severe, with wind gusts up to 65 mph and isolated tornadoes. The Mississippi Valley was expected to be partly cloudy and dry.


Temperatures in the region were to range from the upper 40s in the northern Plains to the 70s in the southern Plains.


In the East, a front draped across the Southeast was expected to drop more rain, with some thunderstorms producing frequent lightning, winds of up to 55 mph and large hail.


Showers and embedded thunderstorms were also forecast in the Ohio and Tennessee valleys and parts of the Mid-Atlantic. The rest of the region was forecast to be partly cloudy but dry. Highs in the East were to range from the 50s in the Northeast to the low 70s in the Southeast.


In the West, rain and snow were forecast for the northern Rocky Mountains, with up to 4 inches of the white stuff in Montana at elevations of at least 6,000 feet. Coastal areas of California were expected to be foggy and cloudy. The rest of the West was expected to be partly cloudy but dry.


Temperatures in the West were expected to range from the lows in the 40s in the Rocky Mountains to the 70s in southern California and the Desert Southwest.


Temperatures around the Lower 48 states on Thursday ranged from a low of 27 degrees in McCall, Idaho, to a high of 105 in Laredo, Texas.




Storms soak Southeast



Thursday, June 2, 2005 Posted: 9:18 PM EDT (0118 GMT)



(AP) -- Thunderstorms stalked the Southeast on Thursday, dropping more than 2.5 inches of rain on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.


The downpours went as far south as the tip of Florida and also appeared in the Florida Panhandle, southern Alabama, central and eastern Georgia and South Carolina. Hatteras, North Carolina, got 2.58 inches of rain, and 1.1 inches fell at Panama City, Florida.


Scattered rain and thunderstorms also arrived in the Northern Plains -- mainly across the Dakotas, Nebraska, northern Kansas and far northwestern Minnesota. North Platte, Nebraska, recorded 1.47 inches of rain.


Farther south, light winds and widespread low-level moisture resulted in fog, especially over Oklahoma and Arkansas. Morning visibility dropped to as low as one-eighth of a mile in the Arkansas towns of Mount Ida and Siloam Springs.


Montana and northern Idaho had mostly light rain, but Great Falls, Montana, reported 0.92 inches. Light rain also fell from northern Colorado, westward into northern Utah and far eastern Nevada.


Temperatures around the Lower 48 states on Thursday ranged from a low of 27 degrees in McCall, Idaho, to a midday high of 93 in Needles, California.



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