Midwest Tornado, Storms Cause Heavy Damage

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WASHINGTON -- Powerful storms are hitting the midwest in the dog days of summer.

Several possible tornadoes were spotted in one area alone -- the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin.

And on the coasts, temperatures in some places are over 100 degrees.

Americans from coast-to-coast are experiencing extreme weather.

Midwesterners are assessing the damage after a night of fierce storms.

More than 100 severe weather reports were cited between Minnesota, Kansas and northern Illinois.

"I could see the clouds spinning and there were cars ahead of me pulled over, so I could tell something was hitting," a storm watcher said.

In Illinois, six people were sent to the hospital with storm related injuries.

Many people were caught off guard because, as one forecaster says, the storms didn't look dangerous -- until they were.

"We actually seen the funnel just like coming. Trees were falling. It was like a domino effect. They were just falling it was a huge piece of somebody's roof hit the car," another storm watcher said.

Storm watchers spotted at least three funnel clouds around Minneapolis and at least one tornado was confirmed 30 miles outside the city.

"I just seen everything flying up in the air. Everything. And it was like dark," a concerned citizen said.

The owner of a farm in Stanley, Iowa, got out of harms way just in time.

"I headed to the basement and heard the roof come off the house. Come back out here and it's a mess," Iowa farmer Jim Fry said.

One Indiana town weathered a thunder storm with wind gusts of 100 miles per hour.

One apartment building couldn't withstand the pressure.

"I watched the roof, through my front window, watched the roof go across the street into the other house. It was pretty wild," an Indiana storm watcher said.

New Yorkers are still trying to accept these wild scenes in the Big Apple -- 80 mile per hour winds tore through the city this week, downing hundreds of century-old trees in Central Park.

Meanwhile on both the east and west coasts, Americans are looking for relief from the heat.

In the west, several records were broken, including a 105 degree thermometer reading in Roseburg, Oregon.
    
And along the east coast, all eyes are on Hurricane Bill.

The storm is expected to strengthen Thursday and could graze the New England coast this weekend.

Swimmers from Cape Hatteras, N.C., northward are warned to beware of dangerous surf and rip currents.    

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