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Powerful storms cause damage, flooding in Midwest

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    (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People pray outside Ride the Ducks, an amphibious tour operator involved in a boating accident on Table Rock Lake, Friday, July 20, 2018 in Branson, Mo.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People pray outside Ride the Ducks, an amphibious tour operator involved in a boating accident on Table Rock Lake, Friday, July 20, 2018 in Branson, Mo.
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    Sunday, July 22 2018 6:34 AM EDT2018-07-22 10:34:25 GMT
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    Sunday, July 22 2018 6:34 AM EDT2018-07-22 10:34:17 GMT
    (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). A man looks at an idled duck boat in the parking lot of Ride the Ducks Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Branson, Mo. One of the company's duck boats capsized Thursday night resulting in several deaths on Table Rock Lake.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). A man looks at an idled duck boat in the parking lot of Ride the Ducks Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Branson, Mo. One of the company's duck boats capsized Thursday night resulting in several deaths on Table Rock Lake.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Several hundred people evacuated their homes early Thursday in the small western Wisconsin community of Arcadia as heavy rain sent a creek over its banks.

The waterlogged city was among those affected by more widespread storm damage and flooding in Wisconsin and Minnesota that closed roads and triggered mudslides. Thunderstorms in Iowa produced a possible tornado that caused heavy damage to buildings in a city near the Mississippi River.

In Wisconsin, several hundred people in the Trempealeau County city of Arcadia voluntarily evacuated flooded neighborhoods and the downtown area starting about 2:30 a.m., Mayor Robert Reichwein told The Associated Press. The evacuation included the overnight shift at Ashley Furniture, a major manufacturer in Arcadia, a city of 2,900 people about 45 miles (73 kilometers) north of La Crosse.

Reichwein said Turton Creek overflowed its banks, also flooding the city's main thoroughfare, Highway 95. The Red Cross set up a shelter at a church for evacuees.

Elsewhere in Wisconsin, a mudslide closed part of Highway 95 near Fountain City. Numerous roads in Vernon and Buffalo counties were also affected by flooding.

In northern Iowa, powerful storms damaged homes, buildings and crop fields. The National Weather Service said wind gusts to 75 mph and heavy rain were reported Wednesday evening in several locations, and a tornado was reported 2 miles (3 kilometers) west-southwest of Fort Atkinson. No injuries were reported.

Residents and officials said trees and power lines were knocked down, leaving hundreds of people without electricity. Officials say the city of McGregor was particularly hard hit, sustaining damage to City Hall and several other structures downtown.

Authorities say a semitrailer was toppled on Interstate 35 near Hanlontown, and a man was taken to a hospital in Waukon after his barn blew over, pinning him inside.

In Minnesota, officials say mudslides or flooding have made parts of some highways impassable, including Interstate 90 and Highways 16, 26 and 61 in Winona and Houston counties. Forecasters say up to 7 inches (18 centimeters) of rain fell overnight.

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  • Waterfire Sharon kicks off first event with "Magical Moments"

    Waterfire Sharon kicks off first event with "Magical Moments"

    Sunday, July 22 2018 5:24 AM EDT2018-07-22 09:24:47 GMT
    The Shenango River glowed for the first of the three Waterfire Sharon events in downtown Sharon as dozens of braziers were lit by people in boats carrying torches. The lighting ceremony for "Magical Moments" Saturday night took place on the State Street bridge just after 9 p.m. Some travel back to the Shenango Valley for the event each year. "To me it's spiritual and I love the smell of the fires burning, the cedar, I just thoroughly enjoy it," Kay Anderson said...More >>
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  • Pets killed in Trumbull County fire

    Pets killed in Trumbull County fire

    Sunday, July 22 2018 5:03 AM EDT2018-07-22 09:03:48 GMT

    One dog and two cats are dead after a fire broke out at a Trumbull County home Saturday afternoon. Officials responded to a trailer fire in the 5000 block of Kinsman Road Saturday. The woman who lives there was not home at the time the flames broke out. Firefighters credit a passerby for alerting authorities of the blaze. Orangeville Fire Chief Larry Foltz tells 21 News the west end of the trailer saw the majority of the damage.  The cause remains under investigation.

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    One dog and two cats are dead after a fire broke out at a Trumbull County home Saturday afternoon. Officials responded to a trailer fire in the 5000 block of Kinsman Road Saturday. The woman who lives there was not home at the time the flames broke out. Firefighters credit a passerby for alerting authorities of the blaze. Orangeville Fire Chief Larry Foltz tells 21 News the west end of the trailer saw the majority of the damage.  The cause remains under investigation.

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  • EXCLUSIVE Sister of Youngstown mom shot in the head speaks out

    EXCLUSIVE Sister of Youngstown mom shot in the head speaks out

    Sunday, July 22 2018 4:50 AM EDT2018-07-22 08:50:08 GMT
    A mother of two children remains on life support after police found her shot in the head on Youngstown's south side Saturday morning. Denise Thurston, 32, was found slumped over in the driver's seat of a car on Hilton Avenue with a gunshot wound to the head when police were called to the scene at about 4:30 a.m. Police say she was taken to Mercy Health- St. Elizabeth Hospital, where she underwent surgery. Thurston is described by her sister as an outgoing, good mom.  In an ex...More >>
    A mother of two children remains on life support after police found her shot in the head on Youngstown's south side Saturday morning. Denise Thurston, 32, was found slumped over in the driver's seat of a car on Hilton Avenue with a gunshot wound to the head when police were called to the scene at about 4:30 a.m. Police say she was taken to Mercy Health- St. Elizabeth Hospital, where she underwent surgery. Thurston is described by her sister as an outgoing, good mom.  In an ex...More >>
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