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‘Dust Bowl’ winds hit tornado-devastated western United States

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By Rich McKay (Reuters) – Less than a week after a swarm of powerful tornadoes devastated Kentucky and four other states, a freakish wind storm brought “Dust Bowl” conditions and gusts of more than 100 mph (161 kph) to parts of the Great Plains and Upper Midwest, meteorologists said on Wednesday. The low pressure wind system, driven by unseasonably high temperatures across Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota, triggered power outages in four U.S. states, including more than 100,000 homes and businesses in Colorado by Wednesday evening. The storm system could also pummel the region with thunderstorms a…

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