Midwest braces for more storms after 4,300 cars pounded by hail

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Severe storms that pelted Omaha,
Nebraska, with hail are expected to move east
Wednesday and hit parts of the Ohio and
Tennessee valleys, CNN meteorologist Sherri Pugh
Nashville; Louisville, Kentucky; and Cincinnati
probably will be pounded with heavy rain and
strong winds Wednesday night, the National
Weather Service said. The chance of precipitation
is 70% to 80% in those cities Wednesday night.
Isolated tornadoes and flash floods are possible,
Pugh said, though the threat is lower than it was
By early Wednesday, officials had received at least
12 reports of possible tornadoes in Nebraska, Iowa,
Wyoming and Kansas, the Storm Prediction Center
said .
But the hail was what got everybody’s
attention in Nebraska.
Some of it was baseball-size and
smashed windows and damaged siding
on houses, reported CNN affiliate
KMTV. Police in the town of Blair said
hail injured 12 people at a Walmart,
KMTV said.
The hail that pummeled 4,300 vehicles at
Woodhouse Auto Family doesn’t even compare to
what the car dealership chain expects to get
“The damage is substantial,” Woodhouse Chief
Financial Officer Paul Cech said. “We’ll get people
all over the country calling us trying to get
discount prices.”
That’s exactly what happened the last time the
Omaha company’s cars got battered in a storm. As
soon as the hail subsides, a flood of callers try to
get their hands on banged-up vehicles.
More storms in the Midwest
On Wednesday, southern Illinois, Indiana, Ohio,
Kentucky and West Virginia are under the gun.
“Tornadoes, hail, damaging winds and heavy rain
are all threats for the area,” CNN meteorologist
Todd Borek said.
By Thursday morning, thunderstorms and rain will
probably reach the Mid-Atlantic states, the National
Weather Service said.
A huge mess
Across Nebraska, residents shared photos on
social media showing large hail Tuesday and the
damage the hail left behind.
An Omaha police sergeant posted a picture of what
he said was an officer’s dented car, its windshield
And then there was the flooding.
Police and firefighters rescued residents stranded
by floodwater in Omaha — sometimes by boat,
CNN affiliate KETV reported.
Just across the Missouri River, the storm ripped
off a roof of a hotel in Missouri Valley, Iowa, KETV
And a wind gust of 100 mph was reported in
Ringgold County, Iowa.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad issued a storm disaster
proclamation Tuesday night for Pottawattamie
County, where the storms hit while voters were
heading to the polls for primary elections .

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