A blustery storm Tuesday pummeled the Great Lakes with up to six inches of wet snow and winds of up to 60 m.p.h., knocking out electricity to more than 73,000 customers in three states and pushing rivers out of their banks.
Meanwhile, prison inmates and colleges-student volunteers shored up levees protecting an Illinois town from flooding that threatened to reach tanks filled with potentially hazardous ammonia.
The punishing March winds ripped down tree branches and power lines throughout Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio, hampering firefighting in Detroit and damaging a skyscraper in Columbus.
Wind-driven rain and wet snow glazed roads and aggravated flooding along bloated rivers in Michigan and Wisconsin. Travelers' advisories were posted in northeast Wisconsin, where six inches of snow covered Oneida.