One person has died after a flash of powerful storms swept away the Great Plains and the Midwestern region, while tornadoes were sighted in Nebraska and Iowa.

At least 20 tornadoes have been recorded from Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa, where one person has died from the storms.

On Wednesday too, temperatures were unexpectedly warm, setting records in Chicago and Des Moines.

At least 13 tornadoes were reported Wednesday, with gales of more than 70 mph in parts of Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

By Thursday, the powerful storm was moving north of the Great Lakes toward Canada and has brought high winds, snow and dangerous conditions to the upper Great Lakes region, the National Weather Service said.

In western Michigan, a fire caused reported damage to livestock and power outages as high winds toppled trees and power lines.

The Kansas wildfire sent smoke and dust billowing into Iowa.

Officials said the high winds and storms unfolded amid an unprecedented warm December in the Plains and northern United States, with temperatures of up to 21 Celsius in places like southwestern Wisconsin on Wednesday night.


National Weather Service

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Agency of the United States federal government that is tasked with providing weather forecasts, warnings of hazardous weather, (wikipedia)


AccuWeather

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NOAA Weather Radio

NOAA Weather Radio NWR; also known as NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards is an automated 24-hour network of VHF FM weather radio stations in the United States that broadcast weather information directly (wikipedia)


Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University is a public research university in DeKalb, Illinois. It was founded as Northern Illinois State Normal School on May 22, 1895, by Illinois Governor John P. (wikipedia)


The Weather Channel

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids north of Iowa City and 100 miles northeast of Des Moines, the state’s capital and largest city. It is a part of the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City region of Eastern Iowa, which includes Linn, (wikipedia)


Illinois State Police

The Illinois State Police is the state police force of Illinois. Officially established in 1922, the Illinois State Police have over 3,000 personnel and 21 districts. (wikipedia)


May 2009 Southern Midwest derecho

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