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BREAKING WX 6-9-08 Storms Pummel Midwest-East Coast: Flooding, Tornadoes & Lightning Kill 8
Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 10:59pm

SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAK  From CNN  (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING: WX  1am  6-9-08  Mother Nature's fury wreaked havoc from the nation's midsection to the east-coast over the weekend.  A series of violent storms, spawning tornadoes, dumping torrential rains, accompanied by deadly lightening and flash flooding, has claimed at least eight lives, and left hundreds homeless. 

The latest CNN report tells of rescuers in boats who continued to pluck people from rising waters in Indiana on Sunday, a day after more than 10 inches of rain deluged much of the state.

In Iowa, pumps and thousands of sandbags were sent to the Iowa City area, where officials fear a reservoir could top a spillway and flood the city of about 63,000 by Tuesday.

The Indiana flooding killed at least one person, a man who drowned in his vehicle about 50 miles south of Indianapolis, said John Erickson, a spokesman for the state
Department of Homeland Security. Another person was reported missing after falling off a boat about 30 miles southwest of Indianapolis.

Michigan, two delivery workers for The Grand Rapids Press drowned early Sunday when their car became submerged in a creek that washed out a road near Lake Michigan in Saugatuck Township, the newspaper said.

Two other people in the state were killed by falling trees, one man drowned and a woman died when high winds blew a recreational vehicle on top of her, authorities said.

And lightning struck a pavilion at a state park in Connecticut, killing one person and injuring four, state environmental spokesman Dennis Schain said.

At least one tornado hit the Omaha, Neb., area with little to no warning as people slept Sunday morning, damaging several dozen homes and businesses. No major injuries were reported.

"I'd say it was a miracle no one got killed," said Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey as he toured a heavily damaged neighborhood in the west Omaha area of Millard.


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