ST. LOUIS (AP) — The powerful storms that pounded parts of Nebraska and Iowa are weakening today as they push across the Midwest.
They’re causing some flash-flooding and minor wind damage in parts of southern Illinois and eastern Missouri. In the St. Louis area, widespread heavy rain slowed this morning’s commute.
In central Missouri, high winds have brought down trees, snapping power lines and leaving thousands without power.
Earlier in the storms’ track, baseball-sized hail blasted homes and cars, and flooding forced rescuers in boats to pull people from homes in Nebraska and Iowa.
The storms affected primary elections yesterday in Iowa and South Dakota, as some voters had to cast ballots by flashlight in areas that lost power.
Forecasters, meanwhile, are looking behind the storms to a cold front pushing south that could help trigger a new line of severe weather by this afternoon.