Powerful Storms Hit Upper Midwest

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Parts of the central U.S. have again seen some severe weather. Strong thunderstorms swept across Minnesota and Wisconsin on Sunday, bringing strong winds, hail and reports of tornadoes.

The storms damaged homes, barns, power lines and trees. But no deaths or injuries were reported.

The storms came a day after the tornado that struck the western Iowa community of Mapleton, damaging more than half the town. The mayor estimates that about 20 percent of Mapleton is "almost flat."

A sheriff says about 100 homes are beyond repair.

Forecasters say the tornado was on the ground for three and a half miles, and measured three-quarters of a mile wide at one point.

The sheriff says two people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries. The weather service said it had received reports of 14 to 16 injuries, the most severe a broken leg.

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