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[View the story "Winds Wreak Havoc Across the Plains" on Storify]Winds Wreak Havoc Across the PlainsA massive storm spinning over the Upper Midwest on Thursday allowed high winds to funnel southward across the Plains.Storified by Accu Weather · Fri, Oct 19 2012 06:40:46High winds in excess of 50 mph (and >60 in many places) currently extend over 900 miles from North Dakota to northern Oklahoma!Cory MotticeA massive storm spinning over the Upper Midwest on Thursday allowed high winds to funnel southward across the Plains. Thirteen tornadoes were reported on Thursday. Tornadoes damaged and destroyed a number of trailer homes. A house was blown off its blocks in Shelby, Miss. Hailstones the size of golfballs were reported in Stonewall, Miss. Wind snapped trees from Illinois down to Louisiana. During October, large storms that produce howling winds are common. This is due to the fact that summer is trying to hang on in the South and winter is trying to arrive across the north. Large temperature contrasts across the U.S. mean bigger storms and stronger winds.NoaaStorm Prediction Center 20121017's Storm ReportsSevere weather, tornado, thunderstorm, fire weather, storm report, tornado watch, severe thunderstorm watch, mesoscale discussion, convec...Damage Attributed to the WindThe wind whipped up the fires in Bucyrus, N.D., burning down the town.Small town "pretty much completely lost" to wildfire http://huff.to/QuF2EcHuffington Post#bucyrus the day after. There used to be 4 houses there. Church still there! http://pic.twitter.com/qnIYDcYyGreg CowanFire claims several bldgs in Bucyrus, ND. Winds to 70 mph and extremely dry conditions #ndwx #sdwx #mtwx http://pic.twitter.com/N360BWDpKevin LawrenceNational Interagency Fire CenterTomorrow will be the last day for daily Incident Management Situation Reports (IMSR) due to the light fire activty. The IMSR and National...Winds blew dust from newly-plowed fields into the air. The dust storm temporarily shut down I-35, causing pile-ups.I-35 near Blackwell exit 222. #okwx http://pic.twitter.com/fXeSWLxaBlackwell PoliceFrom the country..my husband is driving a tractor in this http://pic.twitter.com/uqO7DFv4Amber Taylorhttp://pic.twitter.com/ohIT3aoCAmber TaylorDusty Driving in OklahomaBrightcoveBlowing dust accompanying 40-50 mph winds reduced visibility to 2 miles at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport #kswx http://twitpic.com/b5cdgjNWS WichitaVisibilities continue to fall in Wichita. A lot of dust off in the distance. #kswx http://pic.twitter.com/Gv0br8urCory MotticeThe high winds in South Dakota knocked over trailers on I-90.@Cornfrmr This is how windy it was on I-90 this afternoon. http://pic.twitter.com/6IEusoVWHuber FarmsWind: Oct. 18, 2012Middle School Football Festival set for Friday The Rapid City Public Library book club, Off the Shelf, will feature "Super Sad True Love ...Strong Winds Knock Out Power in Black HillsBrightcove
Storified by Accu Weather · Fri, Oct 19 2012 06:40:46
Showers and thunderstorms will return to the Southwest late this week and could reach part of California.
A cold front swinging into the Northeast will bring the threat of severe weather to part of the region on Tuesday afternoon.
The southwest Gulf of Mexico has given birth to the Atlantic basin's fourth tropical storm of the season and will send torrential rain into northern Mexico.
Flooding is a concern across southwest Mexico through midweek as Norbert moves just offshore.
The Alaskan wood frog, which freezes itself during the harsh winter months, can remain in an extreme frozen state far longer than researchers originally thought.
An area of low pressure will bring a threat of heavy rain and flooding to parts of southern Europe through the middle of the week.
Mecca, CA (1950)
126 degrees - highest ever for U.S. in Sept.
East Coast (1775)
Matecumbe Key, FL (1935)
Labor Day Hurricane hit Florida. Pressure at
Matecumbe Key dipped to 26.35"/892.3 mb.
Most intense hurricane ever to hit the U.S.
with 200-mph wind. Tide of 15 feet; 408 dead.