Wild Weather Blows Across Much of U.S.

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Americans from coast to coast are coping with destructive storms that have caused flooding, wind damage, and power outages.

Residents of the upper Midwest are seeing some of the worst winter weather of the season as strong winds and snow are creating whiteout conditions.

In southern Minnesota, about 100 students were stranded at their school after the weather became too dangerous for travel. Westbrook Principal Bill Richards told the Associated Press the students would sleep on wrestling mats with donated sleeping bags and blankets. He said he didn't think he would get any sleep.

The storms have left thousands of people in the Dakotas and Nebraska without power. Drivers have been encouraged to stay off the roads due to high winds and blizzard-like conditions.

"Crews are getting a lot of stuff rebuilt. Then they turn around and. other stuff is coming down," said Brenda Kleinjan, spokeswoman for the South Dakota Rural Electric Association.

Meteorologist Ken Simosko in Bismarck said arctic air was heading south from Canada, and some northern areas could see dangerous wind chills overnight Tuesday and Wednesday.

"One thing after another, it seems like," he said. "But it's January. In a couple of months it will be spring and the flowers will be blooming."

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