Midwest pelted with rain, wind, hail, tornadoes

June 12, 2013 • National News

A wall cloud in northern Allen County drops what appears to be a funnel cloud Wednesday, June 12, 2013 just north of Fort Wayne, Ind. A line of powerful thunderstorms that spawned several small tornadoes as it crossed Illinois has rumbled into northern Indiana. Wednesday night, National Weather Service radar showed the strongest part of the huge storm spanned northern Indiana from Gary to Plymouth, with an outrider over Fort Wayne. (AP Photo/The Journal Gazette, Chad Ryan) NEWS-SENTINEL OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES; MAGS OUT

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 in low-lying areas.

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 Login to read more

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