Storms pummel central US, tornadoes kill 2

Firefighters work the site of the damage after a tornado ripped through Prairie Lake Estates trailer home park, just north of Chetek, Wis., on Tuesday. (AP)
Updated 18 May 2017
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Storms pummel central US, tornadoes kill 2

ELK CITY, Okla: Storms whipped through a wide swath of the nation’s midsection, giving rise to tornadoes that flattened a Wisconsin mobile home park and an Oklahoma subdivision and killing at least two people and injuring dozens of others.
The storms hit Wisconsin late Tuesday afternoon and into the evening, leveling the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Park near Chetek, which is about 177 km northeast of Minneapolis.
Mark Tyson said he and his wife Robin were huddled behind a living room chair as the storm hit Tuesday evening when an entire wall of their mobile home suddenly came flying at them.
“I thought we were done,” said Tyson. Shards of glass were flying at them like bullets, Tyson told the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.
“When your house comes apart like that, there’s no place to go. I thought this is it.”
A 46-year-old man was killed at the trailer park and at least 25 other people were injured, according to the Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Aerial footage showed a wide path of leveled mobile homes and debris.
Several poultry barns at a turkey processing plant across the street were badly damaged, and turkeys could be seen wandering in the debris.
Meteorologists said eight suspected tornadoes are believed to have touched down in western Oklahoma, killing a man and destroying at least 40 homes.
National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Smith said two supercells formed in the Texas Panhandle on Tuesday and then moved into Oklahoma. He said the most destructive tornado appears to have remained on the ground for five to 16 km near Elk City, which is about 180 km west of Oklahoma City.
Danny Ringer, the Elk City Fire Department chaplain, said that tornado killed 53-year-old Bo Mikles. Authorities said it appears he was fleeing his home when his vehicle was thrown several hundred feet.
The weather service said it received reports of more than two dozen tornado sightings Tuesday night across the five states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin. There were also many reports of large hail and strong winds.
In eastern Nebraska, winds damaged homes, farms and businesses and left thousands of people without electricity. Gusts of 135 kph were recorded at the weather service’s office in Valley, west of Omaha. Lightning blew siding and bricks off a home in Lincoln and a funnel cloud was spotted about 65 km southwest of the city, near Exeter, but no damage was reported.
In Iowa, the storms damaged homes and other buildings and knocked down trees, limbs and power poles, leaving thousands of people without power. The Iowa State Patrol said the strong winds knocked over some semitrailers on Interstate 29, which runs north-south along the Missouri River.
The fire department lost power in Missouri Valley, Iowa, which is about 30 km north of Omaha. Fallen power lines and lightning caused fires there, and MidAmerican Energy said Wednesday that several thousand customers were without power.


Daesh woman found guilty of terror crimes in Canada

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Daesh woman found guilty of terror crimes in Canada

  • Rehab Dughmosh, who was arrested in June 2017 when she was 32, was found guilty of four counts of leaving the country for the purpose of joining a terror group

OTTAWA: A Canadian jury found a woman guilty Thursday of terror crimes for trying to join the Daesh group and in its name attacking staff at a Toronto-area department store two years ago.
Rehab Dughmosh, who was arrested in June 2017 when she was 32, was found guilty of four counts of leaving the country for the purpose of joining a terror group, assaults with a golf club and a butcher knife, and carrying an archery bow.
According to court documents cited by Canadian media, she attempted to fly to Syria in April 2016 to join the Daesh group, and when that failed returned home and plotted the mall attack.
Her plans to go to Syria were thwarted by Turkish officials tipped off by her brother. At the time, Dughmosh claimed that she was just trying to visit family, although she admitted after her arrest that she had intended to travel to join Daesh.
The court heard that Dughmosh admitted to pledging her allegiance to the Daesh group, and on the day in question packed bags with weapons, including a hammer, barbecue skewers, straws tipped with screws and a child’s shovel made into claws.
She also hid the knife and bow in her robe.
But on her way out of her apartment she ran into her estranged husband, who confiscated the bags. He reportedly did not know about the concealed weapons.
At the Canadian Tire store east of Toronto, Dughmosh grabbed a golf club off a rack after trying unsuccessfully to access arrows in a locked display case.
She then draped herself in a homemade Daesh banner, tied an Daesh bandana around her head and charged staff with the golf club and butcher knife, shouting: “This is for Daesh,” using an acronym for Daesh.
Staff wrestled her to the ground. Nobody was seriously injured.
Police later found the weapons cache at her home, along with a cellphone containing IS propaganda videos and a handwritten will in which she asked for martyrdom.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Monday. The prosecution is seeking eight years in prison.