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PHOTOS: Tornadoes Lash Plains; Snow Slams Colorado on Sunday

By Mark Leberfinger, Staff Writer
May 13, 2014; 2:50 AM ET

Violent thunderstorms produced tornadoes on Sunday across Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa, while spring snow coated parts of Colorado.

On the severe side of the system, one reported tornado touched down at Sutton, Nebraska, with no significant injuries reported. Tornadoes also touched down near McPherson and Nickerson, Kansas; Sheldon, Iowa; Rensselaer, Indiana; and Friend, Nebraska.

The storms also cut off electricity to thousands of customers across the Plains. More than 20,000 Omaha-area customers also were without electricity at one point after the storms.

The system responsible for the tornadoes also brought at least 2 feet of snow to parts of Colorado.

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Wind gusts over 80 mph and hail the size of baseballs were also reported from the storms.

Flash flooding also caused problems across the region with up to 2.75 inches of rain reported in two hours in Akron, Indiana, according to an NWS spotter.

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A path of devastation is left behind after a tornado barrels through Sutton, Neb., on Sunday, May 11, 2014. (Twitter Photo/@AviWxChasers )

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A puppy plays in May snow in Meridian, Colo., on Sunday, May 11, 2014. (Photo/Fawn Wood)

Snow falls on parts of Colorado on Sunday, May 11, 2014, creating slippery travel along many roadways. (Photo/Sara McCook)

A deck and patio furniture are blanketed by springtime snow in Golden, Colo., on Sunday, May 11, 2014. (Photo/Verne Carlson)


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