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Severe storm clobbers United States with winds, snow and hail

Published on Feb 21, 2014 2:24 PM

MILWAUKEE (REUTERS) - A strong storm system packing damaging winds, dense fog, and heavy snow pelted the central part of the United States on Thursday, causing massive traffic jams and loss of power, meteorologists said.

At least a dozen tornadoes were reported in central Illinois, where strong winds damaged and destroyed numerous buildings and toppled trees and power lines, according to the weather service.

"An abundance of moisture and instability along the boundary will make severe weather and heavy downpours a concern," the weather service said.

The same front on Friday is expected to barrel east producing strong thunderstorms, freezing rain and snow storms, the weather service predicted.

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