Powerful storm leaves 2 dead, heavy crop damage in Midwest

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Courtesy of Heather McNeill, Platteville

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Hundreds of thousands across the Midwest remained without power after a powerful storm packing 100 mph winds battered the region.

Monday’s storms caused damage linked to the death of a woman found clutching a young boy in her storm-battered mobile home in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Officials say she died at a hospital after firefighters pulled her from debris, but the boy believed to be her grandson wasn’t injured. A death was also reported in Iowa.

The storm known as a derecho tore from eastern Nebraska across Iowa and parts of Wisconsin and Illinois, causing widespread property and crop damage.

The National Weather Service in Milwaukee said Tuesday morning that it was likely an EF-0 tornado that caused damage in Lake Geneva on Monday.

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The storm left downed trees and power lines that blocked roadways in Chicago and its suburbs. In Iowa, three mobile coronavirus testing sites were temporarily closed after suffering storm damage.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said early estimates indicate 10 million acres have been damaged in the nation’s top corn producing state.

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