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Storms roll through Midwest with strong winds

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 1, 2014 at 9:49 pm •  Published: September 1, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A storm spotter was hospitalized in Iowa on Monday after he was struck by lightning while watching a system that left swollen rivers, power outages, trees down and campers overturned.

More strong storms rumbled through the Midwest on Monday night, with the National Weather Service saying a tornado was confirmed near Cedar Vale, Kansas. It also cited hail the size of pingpong balls. Thunderstorms elsewhere were bringing heavy rains and strong winds.

Two tornadoes hit in northern Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reported — one in Ostego County and another in Kalkaska County. Jim Keysor, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Gaylord, said they damaged some property but caused no injuries. To the south of the state, flooding closed some roadways.

In Iowa, the most affected was the northwest part of the state. East of Denison a storm spotter was hit by lightning as he observed the storm. Crawford County Emergency Management Director Gregory Miller said the man was transferred to a Sioux City hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

Five travel trailers were overturned at Yellow Smoke Park, a county operated campground east of Denison. The Labor Day campers found safety in a shelter at the park after being alert to the coming storm, Miller said. No injuries were reported.

Winds of at least 70 miles an hour knocked down numerous trees and left limbs and other debris strewn about in Denison and Sergeant Bluff, where a few people were treated for minor injuries.

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