8 Killed as Tornadoes Hammer Midwest

Storms in Iowa and Minnesota chew up towns
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 26, 2008 5:17 AM CDT
Houses lay demolished after severe thunderstorms swept through parts of Minnesota, causing damage Sunday, May 25, 2008 in Hugo, Minn.   (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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(Newser) – Midwestern tornadoes killed seven people in Iowa and a toddler in Minnesota yesterday as they tore paths of destruction through communities, CNN reports. The southern half of a town in Iowa was unrecognizable after a twister demolished the local high school, commercial areas  and some 200 houses. At least 50 people were injured in the town of 1,900, the Des Moines Register reports.

A twister north of the Twin Cities destroyed some 50 homes. An injured 6-year-old girl's heart stopped, but she was revived in an ambulance, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. It was “a blessing” that so many people were away from home for Memorial Day, said the local mayor.