MARSHFIELD, Mo. â€” A rare January outbreak of tornadoes raked the Midwest on Monday, flattening houses in several states and killing at least two people in Missouri.
An elderly woman was killed near Strafford in Greene County, officials said, and a 53-year-old woman's body was found by rescuers in a wooded area north of Marshfield near her trailer, which was destroyed.
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A rescue worker inspects a destroyed home after a tornado tore through the small Kenosha County town of New Munster, Wis.
At least six people were taken to hospitals by ambulance, said Michael Taylor, fire chief in Marshfield in the southwestern part of the state.
Two other people were in critical condition, said Ed Gray, a spokesman for Missouri's emergency management agency.
Storms continued to pummel the nation's midsection as darkness fell on a day when record temperatures were reported across much of the country. Tornadoes were also reported or suspected in Arkansas and Oklahoma and along the Illinois-Wisconsin line.
In Illinois, about 500 people fled their homes after a suspected tornado knocked over rail cars carrying hazardous materials.
About six homes were destroyed in the small town of Poplar Grove, Ill., where authorities rescued motorists trapped by downed, live electrical lines and crews searched damaged structures to make sure no one was trapped. Three people suffered minor injuries, Boone County Sheriff's Lt. Perry Gay said.
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In de nacht van maandag op dinsdag zijn de eerste drie mensen om het leven gekomen, door een serie tornadoâ€™s in de Verenigde Staten. De doden vielen in Arkansas en Missouri.
Het waren de eerste tornadoâ€™s van dit jaar die de staten Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois en Wisconsin troffen. Voorlopig werden er 37 geteld en dat is ongeveer het maandgemiddelde. Uit verschillende plaatsen werd schade gemeld. Volgens CNN zijn er tientallen huizen beschadigd.
De tornadoâ€™s zijn bijzonder voor januari. Normaal gesproken is dit natuurgeweld voor later dit jaar gereserveerd. Anderzijds zijn de omstandigheden in grote delen van de Verenigde Staten lente-achtig. Vooral in het zuiden, maar ook het oosten worden deze dagen recordhoge temperatuurwaardes gemeten. Volgens Accuweather werden er dinsdag op 986 weerstations een temperatuurrecords bereikt.
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. â€” A line of thunderstorms fed by warm weather continued spinning off unusual January tornadoes Tuesday, killing a man in Arkansas and carrying a cow close to a mile.
At least three people died and hundreds evacuated because of flooding in Indiana, where more than 5 inches of rain in some areas and melting snow pushed rivers and streams over their banks. Two of the victims were young children trapped in a submerged car.
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Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle talks to homeowner Dave Borre after a rare series of January tornadoes ripped through the area on Monday, in Wheatland, Wis.
A tornado that hit Appleton, Ark., rolled a double-wide mobile home off its cinder block supports, killing a man and injuring his wife. The trailer appeared to have rolled for 50 yards before smashing against a stand of trees.
"The tornado hit and just it looked like his house pretty much exploded. It was taken completely off the blocks and just tore to pieces. They were both in the wreckage," said Pope County Sheriff Jay Winters.
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Chris Williams of Zion, Ill., looks down some basement stairs at the home of his co-worker Dave Borre after a rare series of January tornadoes ripped through the area on Monday , in Wheatland, Wis.
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Ashley Rupp, left, and neighbor Chip Bartel look through some debris after a rare series of January tornadoes ripped through the area on Monday , in Wheatland, Wis
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A.J. Peterman holds up the cover of the movie Twister that he found in the debris of a neighbors house after a rare series of January tornadoes ripped through the area on Monday, in Wheatland, Wis.
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Abby Flentge helps look through debris at a neighbor's house after a rare series of January tornadoes ripped through the area on Monday, in Wheatland, Wis
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Ashley Rupp, 13, looks down in her basement as neighbor Abby Flentge helps clean up after a rare series of January tornadoes ripped through the area on Monday, in Wheatland, Wis.
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Renee Marchand and her husband Dick look over the wreckage of her mother's home near Strafford, Mo.
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Howard Scott stacks drawers retrieved from a neighbor's storm-damaged home near Strafford, Mo.
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Doris Whitcher carries salvaged photos away from her damaged home near Strafford, Mo.
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Chuck Kurtenbach, left, and his neighbor James O'Neal look at a classic guitar that they found in the wreckage of O'Neal's home after it was destroyed by a tornado near Niangua, Mo.
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Ryan Kurtenbach looks through the wreckage of his neighbor's home after it was destroyed by a tornado near Niangua, Mo.
Bij een reeks tornado's in de midwest van de Verenigde Staten zijn sinds maandag minstens drie mensen om het leven gekomen. In de staat Missouri werden vele huizen en woonwagens vernield, berichtte de nationale weerdienst. Daar en in Arkansas, Illinois en Wisconsin werden sinds het begin van de week in totaal 40 tornado's geregistreerd. Oorzaak zijn de momenteel ongewoon hoge temperaturen in de regio.
In Missouri werden maandag twee vrouwen van 53 en 85 jaar oud gedood, gisteren viel er nog een slachtoffer. Honderden mensen moesten in noodverblijven overnachten, luidde het voorts. Op enkele plaatsen is de stroom uitgevallen. Voor de komende dagen worden geen nieuwe tornado's verwacht, maar kan de hevige regenval tot overstromingen leiden.
Bron: HLN | Gewijzigd: 2 februari 2017, 09:07 uur, door Joyce.s
Flooded rivers began withdrawing Wednesday across a swath of northern Indiana where three people were killed and hundreds of homes were damaged as melting snow and heavy rain swelled rivers during an unusual January warm streak.
Five deaths were blamed on flooding and tornadoes across the Midwest on Tuesday, the second day of severe weather fueled by unseasonable temperatures. Tornadoes also blew through several states Monday and Tuesday. Two of the victims were young siblings.
Water had started receding along Indiana's Tippecanoe River, which had risen to record levels along a 20-mile stretch, but numerous roads were still blocked by water in the Monticello area, said White County emergency management director Gordon Cochran. He had no immediate estimate for how many homes were damaged.
"We're hoping that by midafternoon it's going to start going down enough that we can get to some of these places," Cochran said.
Elsewhere, as remnants of the storm system moved eastward, thunderstorms early Wednesday knocked out electricity to more than 100,000 homes and businesses in western New York. Gusts up to 85 mph were clocked at the Thousand Islands Bridge in northern New York, the National Weather Service said.
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Snow in the forecast for Thursday hastened cleanup efforts in southeastern Wisconsin, where tornadoes destroyed or damaged more than 100 homes.
Damage in Wheatland, Wis., is visible Tuesday a day after a twister tore through the town. Snow was expected there Thursday.
"It's pretty hard now with this snow coming," said Brent Spiewak, who lives near where a tornado hit in the town of Wheatland. "Once that snow falls, what's not in your house could be gone for a while, maybe forever."
Volunteers and friends and relatives of homeowners were working to clear debris and salvage what they could, said Fire Chief Alan Kaddatz.
Seven deaths in all were blamed on flooding and tornadoes across the Midwest as unseasonable temperatures fueled severe weather on Monday and Tuesday.
Flooding is seen in White County, Ind., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008. Flooded rivers began receding Wednesday across a swath of northern Indiana where three people were killed and hundreds of homes were damaged as melting snow and heavy rain swelled rivers during an unusual January warm streak.
In Indiana, roads were still blocked Wednesday by water in the Monticello area, said White County emergency management director Gordon Cochran. He had no immediate estimate for how many homes were damaged.
Troy Nice looked out over the swollen Tippecanoe River and the houses surrounded by its spilled water. He wondered how his own home had fared as the water began its slow retreat on Wednesday.
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