Tornadoes, Hail, Rain - and Snow Hit Middle of U.S.

The National Weather Service confirmed a series of tornadoes in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska And Wisconsin Tuesday.  Wednesday and Thursday saw second and third unwanted helpings of severe storms.

There was also lightning. And downed power lines and power outages. Colorado even saw spring snow Thursday.
And earlier in the week, may snow hit the Sierras.

An 85-year-old man in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin had a very close call when a large tree fell on his house.
"We've had a lot of storms come through, but I've never had one that scared me like that," said Tom Searles.  "I thought God was coming down to get me (laughs) like that. See. So, here I am. Thank God I made it another day."

Not everyone was so fortunate.  A tornado killed one person and injured more than two dozen others as it ripped through a mobile home park in northwestern Wisconsin.

Residents got a full day of access to their property for the first time Thursday.
"It's a nightmare. We're very lucky we didn't lose more lives. That's the big thing. A lot of people were hurt. A lot of people got to the hospitals," said Elvira Gagner, a mobile home pare developer.

There was another weather-related death Tuesday in Oklahoma, followed by yet another on Wednesday in Iowa.

(Andy Rose, CNN)


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