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Storms sweep Great Plains

Zack Ruml, 20, of Rapid City, S.D, lifts a heavy crabapple tree branch off of his 1998 Pontiac Gran Prix on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. The branch smashed the rear window and dented the trunk of the car. Trees in the city are still fully leaved and the heavy snow is breaking branches throughout the city.
Brenda Nolting, of Rapid City, S.D., rolls her cart to her car after stocking up on necessities Friday, at a local supermarket in Rapid City.
Chad Hoffman clears snow from the entrance to his apartment building Saturday in Rapid City, S.D. South Dakota emergency agencies are asking snowmobile operators in the Rapid City area to help find motorists stranded by the autumn storm system, brought heavy rain, hail and as many as nine tornadoes to Nebraska and Iowa. The National Weather Service says the storm dumped more than a metre of wet, heavy snow in the Black Hills. Rapid City had 50 cm.
Don Stritecky clears the sidewalk in front of his home with a snow blower in Rapid City, S.D., Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. South Dakota emergency agencies are asking snowmobile operators in the Rapid City area to help find motorists stranded by an autumn storm.
Broken tree branches cover a vehicle Saturday in Rapid City, S.D.
Mary Teng stands outside of Lovejoy's Bar and Grill on Friday as the snow falls on Grand Avenue in Laramie, Wyo. Officials warned drivers to stay off the roads in eastern Wyoming Friday, where reports of 5 to 10 inches of snow were common.
Emergency personnel respond to a crash of a pickup truck on U.S. Highway 20 four miles east of Crawford, Neb. that occured as a snowstorm bore down on the region Friday. All three people in the pickup were declared dead at the scene.
Several buildings sit damaged Saturday in Wayne, Neb. after witnesses said tornadoes swept through the southeast corner of the community. Some of the greatest damage from tornadoes seemed to be in Wayne, Neb., a town of 9,600 where witnesses said at least four homes were destroyed.
A house sits among the damage Friday  in Wayne, Neb.  A large wedge tornado is believed to have damaged several buildings in Wayne and the surrounding area.
Children's toys, including a toy tractor in a tree, are strewn in a field near a damaged house in Hickman, Neb., Friday, Oct. 4, 2013.
Jim Stoddard watches as his travel trailer is pulled from a ditch at the Wagon Train Lake campground on Friday in Hickman, Neb.
Residents try to free a house panel lodged against a tree in a tornado Friday in Bennet, Neb.. Powerful storms crawled into the Midwest on Friday, also dumping heavy snow in South Dakota and threatening dangerous thunderstorms from Oklahoma to Wisconsin.
Travis Randall walks through the debris-strewn yard of his parent's home in Hickman, Neb., Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, after it was struck by a tornado.
Zack Ruml, 20, of Rapid City, S.D, lifts a heavy crabapple tree branch off of his 1998 Pontiac Gran Prix on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. The branch smashed the rear window and dented the trunk of the car. Trees in the city are still fully leaved and the heavy snow is breaking branches throughout the city. - Steve McEnroe / The Associated Press
Brenda Nolting, of Rapid City, S.D., rolls her cart to her car after stocking up on necessities Friday, at a local supermarket in Rapid City. - Steve McEnroe / The Associated Press
Chad Hoffman clears snow from the entrance to his apartment building Saturday in Rapid City, S.D. South Dakota emergency agencies are asking snowmobile operators in the Rapid City area to help find motorists stranded by the autumn storm system, brought heavy rain, hail and as many as nine tornadoes to Nebraska and Iowa. The National Weather Service says the storm dumped more than a metre of wet, heavy snow in the Black Hills. Rapid City had 50 cm. - Chris Huber / The Associated Press
Don Stritecky clears the sidewalk in front of his home with a snow blower in Rapid City, S.D., Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. South Dakota emergency agencies are asking snowmobile operators in the Rapid City area to help find motorists stranded by an autumn storm. - Benjamin Brayfield / The ASsociated Press
Broken tree branches cover a vehicle Saturday in Rapid City, S.D. - Benjamin Brayfield / The ASsociated Press
Mary Teng stands outside of Lovejoy's Bar and Grill on Friday as the snow falls on Grand Avenue in Laramie, Wyo. Officials warned drivers to stay off the roads in eastern Wyoming Friday, where reports of 5 to 10 inches of snow were common. - Jeremy Martin / The ASsociated Press
Emergency personnel respond to a crash of a pickup truck on U.S. Highway 20 four miles east of Crawford, Neb. that occured as a snowstorm bore down on the region Friday. All three people in the pickup were declared dead at the scene. - Eser Graham-Marski / The ASsociated Press
Several buildings sit damaged Saturday in Wayne, Neb. after witnesses said tornadoes swept through the southeast corner of the community. Some of the greatest damage from tornadoes seemed to be in Wayne, Neb., a town of 9,600 where witnesses said at least four homes were destroyed. - Dave Weaver / The Associated press
A house sits among the damage Friday in Wayne, Neb. A large wedge tornado is believed to have damaged several buildings in Wayne and the surrounding area. - Dave Weaver / The Associated press
Children's toys, including a toy tractor in a tree, are strewn in a field near a damaged house in Hickman, Neb., Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. - Nati Harnik / The ASsociated Press
Jim Stoddard watches as his travel trailer is pulled from a ditch at the Wagon Train Lake campground on Friday in Hickman, Neb. - Ted Kirk / The Associated Press
Residents try to free a house panel lodged against a tree in a tornado Friday in Bennet, Neb.. Powerful storms crawled into the Midwest on Friday, also dumping heavy snow in South Dakota and threatening dangerous thunderstorms from Oklahoma to Wisconsin. - Nati Harnik / The Associated Press
Travis Randall walks through the debris-strewn yard of his parent's home in Hickman, Neb., Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, after it was struck by a tornado. - Nati Harnik / The Associated Press

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