Midwest pelted with rain, wind, hail, tornadoes during summer storm
CHICAGO (AP) — A massive line of storms packing hail, lightning and tree-toppling winds rolled through the Midwest Wednesday evening driving people into basements for shelter, tearing down power lines and causing flooding.
Forecasters predicted that by the time the storms were done, they could affect more than one in five Americans from Iowa to Maryland.
In the small town of Belmond, Iowa, about 90 miles north of Des Moines, Duwayne Abel, owner of Cattleman’s Steaks & Provisions restaurant, said a tornado swept through his business’ parking lot and demolished part of the building. No one was in the restaurant at the time.
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