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An emergency worker carries a girl to safety from the remains of Academy Sports in Joplin, Mo. after a tornado struck the city on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011. (AP Photo/The Joplin Globe, Roger Nomer)
Ashley Stephens holds a ferret she rescued from the home of a missing woman while helping a friend collect belongings Monday, May 23, 2011, in Joplin, Mo. A large tornado moved through much of the city Sunday, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses and killing at least 89 people. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
See photos of the damage left in the wake of the recent damaging weather.
DALLAS - Snow started falling in a band that stretched from central Texas to southern Ohio on Friday, while severe storms rolling through Florida spawned two tornadoes in the northern part of the state.
Andrew Hopkins, of Florence, tosses rock salt on the sidewalk in front of RiverCenter Towers in Covington,Ky. on Friday, March 7, 2008.
Ruby, a 9-week-old beagle puppy, plays with a snowball as the snow falls in Cincinnati Friday March 7, 2008.
Dian Chase, left, and neighbors remove caged birds from her house that was destroyed when high winds passed through eastern Leon County, Friday, March 7, 2008, in Tallahassee, Fla.
FINDLAY, Ohio - Firefighters and a volunteer armada navigated boats through streets awash in waist-deep water Wednesday, plucking neighbors and pets from porches as flooding that has swamped the Upper Midwest and Plains settled in Ohio.
A blustery storm spread snow and ice across the heartland Thursday as Americans rushed to get home for the holidays, grounding flights, stranding drivers on white-knuckle highways and forcing churches to cancel Christmas Eve services.
MINNEAPOLIS - Powerful winds slammed parts of four Midwestern states on Wednesday, leaving behind shattered windows, toppled power lines and a handful of injuries. At least a half dozen suspected tornadoes were reported.
MILWAUKEE - Midwest Airlines will cut about 380 jobs from its subsidiary Skyway Airlines as it moves to outsource all of its regional flights, a growing segment of its business.
WHEATLAND, Wis. - A freak cluster of tornadoes raked across an unseasonably warm Midwest, demolishing houses, knocking railroad cars off their tracks and even temporarily halting justice in one courthouse.
DETROIT - A pre-winter blend of snow, sleet and freezing rain cut visibility and iced over highways from the Great Lakes to New England, dumping up to a foot-and-a-half of snow, stranding air and road travelers and causing an airliner to skid off a runway.
Snowy images are captured by Associated Press photographers.
DES MOINES, Iowa - A thick glaze of ice brought down power lines and cut electricity to close to a million homes and businesses, closed schools and canceled flights Tuesday as a major storm blasted the nation's midsection.
CHICAGO - Ferocious thunderstorms, heat and humidity added to the Midwest's flooding misery Friday as thousands of people returned to damaged homes, many without electricity to run fans or pumps.
RUSHFORD, Minn. - Across southeastern Minnesota, surreal sights greeted the weary residents who returned to water-logged homes hoping to retrieve pets or medicine.
For once, it’s wonderful to be in the red. And while we bask in springlike heat, the wicked hand of winter has cast our fellow northern states in bonechilling blue — even in piercing purple — as cold air blasts the upper Midwest.
Dylan Bennett, 7, takes advantage of the warm weather Monday to practice his baseball swing at Red Mountain District Park.
MADISONVILLE, Ky. - Tornadoes barreled across the Midwest and portions of the Southeast, knocking out electricity and damaging buildings in several states.