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    Week in Review: California Fires Claim Millions in Damage as Rain, Snow Blast Portions of US

    By By Michael Kuhne, AccuWeather.Com Staff Writer
    May 18, 2014, 11:48:10 AM EDT

    Powerful thunderstorms roared through the Midwest and East this week bringing isolated tornadoes, snowfall, damaging winds and severe flooding to portions of the country.

    Meanwhile in the drought-stricken West, multiple wildfires blackened the rolling hills of northern San Diego County, California, forcing the evacuation of thousands, causing millions of dollars in damages and consuming more than 14 square miles in their wake.

    On Sunday, a series of powerful thunderstorms cut power to thousands as it pushed across the Plains including Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska, bringing damaging winds, hail and tornadoes.


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