5 people rescued in Michigan from storm; other states hit

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Posted: Jun 22, 2015 8:01 PM
5 people rescued in Michigan from storm; other states hit

PORTLAND, Mich. (AP) — Five people were rescued from damaged buildings in a Michigan town and thunderstorms packing strong winds caused damage in Iowa and Illinois as severe weather swept through parts of the Midwest on Monday.

A mother and two small children were rescued from a collapsed Goodwill store and two others were helped Monday afternoon from a damaged pharmacy in Portland, 25 miles northwest of the Michigan state capital of Lansing.

"We had people trapped in some of the buildings. They have been removed and are fine," Portland Fire Chief John Baker told reporters. He said there may have been some minor injuries to residents but no one has been hospitalized.

The National Weather Service confirmed late on Monday that Portland had been hit with a tornado rated EF1 with winds of around 100 mph.

The storm was part of a string of bad weather that hurtled into Michigan's Lower Peninsula after rushing across the country's Midwest. Other storms were causing damage in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin.

A wind gust of 95 mph was recorded near the small northwest Iowa town of Sheldon, destroying a hangar at the local airport.

The Times-Herald in Dubuque, Iowa said high winds on Monday lifted the roof off a Menominee, Illinois fire station.

Menominee-Dunleith Fire Department Capt. Al Fleege told the newspaper that two of the three vehicles in the building were severely damaged by the collapse. There were no injuries.

The Chicago Department of Aviation reported that airlines servicing Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports have canceled more than 500 flights because of weather concerns.

The National Weather Service issued several tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm watches remain in effect for parts of the Midwest into the evening.