Blizzards, tornadoes batter American Midwest

Shoppers stock up during a blizzard in Rapid City, South Dakota, USA, 05 Oct 2013 (AP)

Shoppers stock up during a blizzard in Rapid City, South Dakota, USA, 05 Oct 2013 (AP)

October snowfall records were shattered in South Dakota where more than 50 cm of heavy, wet snow fell in Rapid City and more than 100 cm in the Black Hills after a powerful cold front crossed the Great Plains.

Impassable roads and power outages plagued South Dakota today and some motorists had to be rescued by snowmobilers.

Further south, severe thunderstorms brought rain, hail and as many as nine tornadoes touched down in Nebraska and Iowa.

At least 15 people were injured in tornadoes while three deaths were reported in a car crash on a snowy highway.

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