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Severe storms stretch across U.S.

Tornadoes, heavy rain, flooding pelts communities from Midwest to East Coast.

BY MONICA OLIVAS | GOWANDA, NY | August 10, 2009

Deadly storms damaged homes, flooded streets and knocked out power Monday and Sunday as severe weather stretched from Oklahoma to the East Coast.

The most severe weather struck Sunday in this community, 30 miles south of Buffalo, where one person was killed and more than 9,000 residents were still without power Monday night.

Many streets are still flooded and emergency officials have placed a ban on unnecessary travel through the area.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Cattaraugus Creek and Cayuga Creek.

In Minneapolis, weekend storms included a tornado. The National Weather Service rated the twister an EF1, the weakest on the scale that goes up to EF6.

The tornado hit the areas of Long Lake, Orono and Plymouth where three homes were badly damaged and 40 others received minor damage. Most of the damage was roof tiles blown away and downed trees and branches. No one was hurt.

And in Eldora, IA, a thunderstorm knocked down power lines and trees on Sunday. Eldora is in Hardin County in central Iowa. The storm knocked out power to 3,000 residents.

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