Storms march through Midwest

BY SUSAN KIM | WASHINGTON D.C. | May 22, 2001


A line of storms that marched through the Midwest Monday left pockets of damage in multiple states.

The threat moved eastward Tuesday, with severe weather targeting the mid-Atlantic coast.

Residents in both Ohio and Michigan reported funnel cloud sightings. In southeast Michigan, high winds damaged homes, barns, and other structures. Four homes were damaged in Livingston County, according to emergency management officials. In Oakland County, several residents reported roof damage.

In Ohio, local emergency crews in Medina and Meigs counties were assessing damages Tuesday, reported Kelly Blackwell, public information specialist for Ohio emergency management.

The Spencer township, in Medina County, had several town buildings sustain damage. In Chatham township, about 10 miles west of Medina, a dozen barns were destroyed.

Downed trees and power lines littered the area Tuesday.

A lightning strike also temporarily knocked out the water distribution system in Topeka, KS. In Texas and Oklahoma, gale-force winds -- possibly tornadoes -- and hail swept through, causing minor damage. In Colorado, more than 30,000 people were without power when a sudden storm spawned 60-mph winds, snow, and temperatures that plummeted from the mid-70s to 37 degrees in less than an hour, according to the National Weather Service.


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