MINNEAPOLIS – Residents began cleaning up Thursday aftertornadoes and severe storms slammed a large part of the Midwest, tearing the roofs from buildings and overturning vehicles.
The National Weather Service in Davenport, Iowa, confirmed Thursday that a tornado touched down Wednesday south of Stanley in northeastern Iowa. Another tornado was confirmed Wednesday night in Hastings, Minn., about 30 miles southeast of Minneapolis.
The weather service also was investigating reports of tornadoes in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.
In Illinois, at least 19 people were hurt and dozens of homes and businesses destroyed in the Springfield area. One person was injured when the wind flipped a car and another was blown off his motorcycle, said Roscoe Cook, nursing supervisor at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
Cleanup starts after tornadoes hit Midwest states
August 20, 2009