Damaging storms slam Midwest, southern US, leaving over 70,000 without power

Residents from the Ohio Valley to the lower Mississippi Valley saw the year’s most extensive severe weather outbreak Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night. A line of powerful thunderstorms containing damaging winds, large hail and flooding downpours ignited from central Illinois to eastern Texas early Tuesday afternoon and pushed eastward into Tuesday night. Some of the worst storms focused on a zone from central Arkansas through southern Illinois with multiple storms producing funnel clouds and tornadoes. Over 70,000 electric customers were without power in areas impacted by severe thunderstorms, including over 22,000 in Ohio and over 19,000 in Mississippi……More

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