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Scary weather haunts the Midwest. Source: rachel r hide caption

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Cyclones, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods — it's good news, or at least news, for CNN and the 24 hour "news" cycle (I watched an hour of tornado footage a couple of weeks ago — their bookers must have been out to lunch), but the worst news for the poor folks experiencing the apocalyptic weather whims. I am ashamed to say I complained vociferously about the horrible DC heat the entire weekend — and yesterday I only went outside once. (It's a balmy 73 degrees in my apartment — I really don't care if central air is the devil — without it, it's hell.) The latest horseman can be found flooding the Midwest this time. A swath of storms — including tornadoes — have left a strip of states (Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Oklahoma, Kansan, Nebraska and Michigan) in rough shape. We may be baking out here on the East Coast, but there's an actual death toll in the Midwest. If you've been living with this weather — tell us how your weekend was.

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Sorry to hear about all the problems in the northern Mid-West. A few months ago, Arkansas was dealing with both heavy flooding and a year's supply of tornadoes already. Many of our lakes are near to totally full. Luckily, we are now in our drier period so some of the lakes should go closer to normal.

Sent by William B. | 3:47 PM | 6-9-2008

My Mom lives by herself in Mazomanie WI. She started sandbagging this morning at 1:30am. She had to fill the bags and put them around the houses in a rain. She has the house surrounded 3 bags high and 2 bags deep. She finished around 8:30am. Her yard is a mess because loose corn stalks from the fields around her house are swarming down with the water. I hope I can get off work here in San Jose, CA and get to WI Thursday to help her out.

Sent by Wade Mengel | 3:54 PM | 6-9-2008