Storms hit rural Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan

In Minnesota, several central counties reported serious damage after tornadoes moved through the area Monday evening, CBS Minnesota affiliate WCCO reported.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( ) says the storm Wednesday afternoon knocked out power to 111,500 homes and businesses in Missouri, largely near St. Louis.

Emergency crews remove debris Monday in Litchfield after a tornado moved through the area.

No genuine wounds in either town - authorities reported.

The tornadoes that struck Litchfield and Watkins were rated EF-2, or significant in strength, by the National Weather Service. A "flash flood emergency" was issued at 9:40 p.m. after reports from local authorities that said "many state, county and local roads are underwater, and some road washouts have been reported in the Sturgeon Lake, Willow River, Denham, Bruno, Askov and Sandstone areas", according to the Duluth News Tribune. The counties included in the declaration are Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer and Washburn. The governor instructed the Wisconsin National Guard and all state agencies to help those affected by the storms.

Two houses were completely destroyed in Litchfield, reported Mayor Keith Johnson.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the storm dumped almost a foot of rain on the county and washed out access to a boat launch at Little Girl's Point County Park northwest of Ironwood.

Diane Kelbing told KARE-TV that she and her husband raced to their mobile home park shelter when they heard the tornado warning siren.

Jon jacklitch, resident: "It was kind of calm outside and the sirens went off and the trees started whipping all around and we went inside".

The National Weather Service said the river could crest at almost 18 feet and would overrun the Aitkin sewage plant. In Watkins, the Red Cross is now helping about 50 people who were evacuated from a nursing home Monday night.

The National Weather Service said more flooding was likely in Wisconsin, where rivers and creeks will continue to rise over the next two days. Motorists should not drive into high water.

Storm radar of central Minn. courtesy the National Weather Service.

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