Twisters Tear Through South

Tornadoes wreck homes, topple poles as Wis. snowstorm benches Dems
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2008 8:03 PM CST
Twisters Tear Through South
Rita M. Knotek struggles against the driving snow to pull her shopping cart to her car at a grocery store in Racine, Wi, on Wednesday Feb. 6, 2008. A snow storm that developed slowly through the night picked up steam after Wednesday's morning commute and was expected to accumulate about 18 inches...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – A barrage of tornadoes ripped through the South today as cold rain and snow blanketed parts of the Midwest, the AP reports. Twisters left toppled power lines, shattered windows, and wrecked homes in Alabama and Florida, causing injuries but no fatalities. “You see it on TV," said a KFC employee who saw windows blown out. "You can’t imagine how it feels until it happens to you.”

Heavy snowfall shut down the Kansas City International Airport for 6 hours this morning, its longest delay ever, as wet snow fell on southern Wisconsin and caused several car crashes. Blizzard and flood warnings remain in effect for parts of Wisconsin and Iowa. Conditions also sidelined Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama as the Dems tried to stump in Wisconsin before Tuesday’s primary. (Read more tornado stories.)

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