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Storms strike 4 states

August 20, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Powerful winds and at least one tornado slammed parts of Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois, shattering windows and toppling power lines.

The only confirmed tornado was in Hastings, Minn., where a 100-yard-long swath of trees was flattened.

The National Weather Service received reports of a possible tornado near downtown Minneapolis, where winds tore off part of a 90-year-old metal church steeple.

In northeast Iowa, a barn roof was blown off near Stanley but only minor damage was reported, officials said. The weather service reported that tornadoes may have touched down in Illinois too.

A day earlier, a separate storm felled hundreds of century-old trees in New York's Central Park.

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