Weather havoc spreads from coast to coast

SOUTH DAKOTA: A diver goes into the rising water of the Missouri River in Dakota Dunes on Thursday to try to plug seepage in the levee that surrounds the small city in the southeast part of the state. Gov. Dennis Daugaard had urged its 2,500 residents to plan for the worst and leave by Thursday night.

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SOUTH DAKOTA: A diver goes into the rising water of the Missouri River in Dakota Dunes on Thursday to try to plug seepage in the levee that surrounds the small city in the southeast part of the state. Gov. Dennis Daugaard had urged its 2,500 residents to plan for the worst and leave by Thursday night.

EAST: Search and rescue efforts continued and about 40,000 utility customers in Massachusetts were still without power Thursday after tornadoes ripped through 18 communities. The death toll, initially reported at four, was lowered to three. Two people were killed in West Springfield and another in Brimfield, authorities said.

MIDWEST: Missouri officials now say the death toll from the massive May 22 Joplin tornado has risen to 138 people. In North and South Dakota on Thursday, authorities rushed to complete levees to hold back historic flooding on the Missouri River and urged many residents to evacuate their homes, possibly for two months.

WEST: States across the West, already dealing with heavy rainfall, are bracing for major flooding in the coming weeks once a record mountain snowpack starts melting and sending water gushing into rivers, streams and low-lying communities. The catalyst will be warmer temperatures forecast for the next week that could set off a rapid thaw.

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Weather havoc spreads from coast to coast 06/03/11 [Last modified: Friday, June 3, 2011 12:25am]

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