Storms Bring Relief, Power Outages to Eastern U.S

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Severe thunderstorms have put an end to the brutal heat wave along the East Coast. But the storms have left hundreds of thousands in the dark, from Washington, D.C. to New York and New Jersey.

Following days of oppressive heat, a strong cold front came through the region to trigger the storms.

Temperatures climbed in to the upper 90s from Missouri to Ohio. Other parts of the country saw temps top 100 degrees.

It was a weekend of weather extremes. A tornado touched down in Iowa on Friday after intense storms barreled through parts of the Hawkeye State.

Although the twister damaged homes and flattened entire communities, it did not crush spirits.

"There is so much good that always comes out of bad," said Tami Jorgensen, a survivor of the storm. "There are so many people. Your neighbors you never talk to and you come in to a situation like this and they come and they offer you their homes and they don't even know you. I just know God is going to bring so much good out of this. He always does."

Parts of Iowa also saw major flooding. It even caused a massive dam break, which inundated about 50 homes and at least 20 nearby businesses.

The Lake Delhi dam in eastern Iowa failed Saturday as rising floodwater from the Maquoketa River ate a 30-foot-wide hole in it. Areas below the dam, including in Hopkinton and Monticello were evacuated.

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