- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 20, 2018

CHICAGO (AP) - The Latest on severe weather in the Midwest (all times local):

10:35 p.m.

The National Weather Service now says it was three tornadoes that hit North Texas.

It says two of the twisters struck early Tuesday in a rural area near Joshua, destroying at least two mobile homes and severely damaging several others. A mother and her disabled daughter were injured when one tornado demolished their mobile home.

The third tornado struck a short time later in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto. No injuries were reported there.

The weather service says all three tornadoes were weak EF0 ones with winds ranging from 65 to 85 mph (105 to 137 kph).

After the tornadoes came the rain. Up to 4½ inches of it fell in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by 8 p.m. Tuesday, causing some flooding.

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5:25 p.m.

Two weak tornadoes have hit North Texas, demolishing at least one mobile home and damaging about a dozen others in a rural area near Joshua and damaging the roofs of homes in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto.

At least two people were injured.

The National Weather Service said they were EF0 tornadoes with winds ranging from 65 to 85 mph (105 to 137 kph).

The most damage was caused by the storm that struck mobile homes early Tuesday just outside Joshua, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Fort Worth. James Woolard, fire chief from nearby Godley, told the Cleburne Times-Review that a mobile home “was completely ripped apart” and neighbors had to dig a mother and her disabled daughter from the wreckage. Both were taken to a Fort Worth hospital for treatment of their injuries.

A short time later, the storm hit the southern Dallas suburb of DeSoto, damaging the homes’ roofs.

The storms occurred in advance of a strong cold front that threatened to bring wintry precipitation and freezing temperatures to parts of North Texas.

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2 p.m.

A storm system that’s brought rain, ice and snow to the Midwest and Great Plains is being blamed for a Nebraska traffic crash that left four people dead along with fatal crashes in Kansas and Minnesota.

The accidents happened as a storm system stretching from Texas to the Great Lakes states.

In eastern Nebraska, authorities blamed speed and slippery pavement for a Tuesday morning collision between a pickup truck and semitrailer that killed four people on Interstate 80. Police say the three men and one woman killed were from Colorado. Roads were snowy and icy.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says a 38-year-old woman died and two other people were injured late Monday in a collision on an icy highway.

In Minnesota, state police say winter weather has contributed to 400 crashes and 250 spinouts, including two fatal accidents.

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11:40 a.m.

A storm system stretching from Texas to the Great Lakes states with risks of flooding, freezing rain and snow is causing fatal accidents and forcing schools to close.

The National Weather Service issued winter weather advisories Tuesday for parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Flood warnings were in effect in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan with flood watches in Texas and Arkansas.

In Minnesota, state police say winter weather has contributed to 400 crashes and 250 spinouts, including two fatal accidents. As much as a half-foot of snow is expected in some areas. Arkansas weather service forecasters say some areas could see 8 inches or more of rain this week.

Schools in Missouri and Wisconsin canceled classes or delayed start times Tuesday. High water closed roads in Michigan.

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This story has been corrected to reflect that Nebraska is not under a winter weather advisory.


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