LITCHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on severe storms that struck Minnesota and Wisconsin (all times local):
Emergency officials in Wisconsin are trying to rescue nearly three dozen people that severe storms left trapped on a Lake Superior island.
Wisconsin Emergency Management issued a news release Tuesday saying 33 people were trapped on Michigan Island, part of the Apostle Island chain off Iron County. The release did not say how the people became trapped on the island. An emergency management spokeswoman referred questions to the Iron County Sheriff’s Department. A message left at that agency wasn’t immediately returned.
The emergency management release said rescue efforts were underway. As of midmorning, 20 people had been rescued.
At least two tornadoes, torrential rain and powerful winds damaged homes, caused an evacuation of a nursing home and flooded highways in north-central Minnesota.
Authorities in Meeker County say 15 to 20 homes were damaged by tornadoes Monday afternoon. The Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins lost part of its roof, causing 50 residents to evacuate.
In Litchfield, Mayor Keith Johnson says there’s serious damage, but no one has been injured.
The storms generated a deluge of heavy rain causing the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office to advise against travel late Monday because of flooding. Flash flooding also left drivers stranded in the St. Cloud area.
The National Weather Service reported 11 inches of rain fell in the east-central Minnesota city of Sturgeon Lake.
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