Strong storms smashed houses, deluged neighborhoods, toppled trees and left thousands without power across the Midwest on Friday in the latest round of fierce weather. No injuries were reported. A tornado raked a half-mile-wide path of destruction in northwestern Minnesota, where a house overlooking Pickerel Lake near Emmaville was destroyed, it's contents spilling down the hill. Wooden chairs and tables were floating below. Nearby was a concrete slab the size of a two-car garage, but whatever structure once sat on it was blown away.
A tornado downed trees and overturned a trailer home near Pickerel Lake in Minnesota on Friday.
Flooding forced the evacuation of about a dozen homes in the central Iowa town of Cambridge, but areas to the southwest saw some of their roads and buildings re-emerge from subsiding waters in a much-needed respite from severe weather. Heavy rains that began Thursday night seeped into most basements and at least one foundation collapsed, said Lori Morrissey, Story County's emergency management coordinator.
A toy car floats in a yard of a house along Main Street in Cambridge, Iowa, after parts of the town flooded Friday.
The ground is just fully saturated, Morrissey said. The runoff from the community just all comes to that part of town. This is probably the worst it's ever been. In Illinois, the Chicago Department of Aviation said high winds and storms were causing delays and cancellations at the city's airports.
Delays at O'Hare International Airport were averaging two hours Friday night, and more than 200 flights were canceled. At Midway Airport, some flights were delayed 20 minutes.
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