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LITCHFIELD, Minn. (AP) -- The Latest on heavy storms hitting the Midwest (all times local):

7:40 p.m.

Gov. Mark Dayton says state aid is likely for areas of central Minnesota hit hard by tornadoes this week.

Dayton met with local officials in Litchfield and Watkins on Wednesday and toured some of the neighborhoods with the worst storm damage.

Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/29EfcSw ) reports Dayton said total damage costs probably are not high enough to trigger federal disaster money. But the governor said he's certain some state emergency aid will be available.

Meeker County Chief Deputy Dan Miller told Dayton the town of Watkins has nine homes with heavy damage and 10 are destroyed. Miller says another 21 houses have major damage and 31 have minor damage.

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6:40 p.m.

A utility says nearly 185,000 of its Missouri and Illinois customers are without electricity because of fast-moving thunderstorms that meteorologists believe may have packed wind gusts at times exceeding 70 mph.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/29ESJ2i ) says the storm Wednesday afternoon knocked out power to 111,500 homes and businesses in Missouri, largely near St. Louis. An additional 72,800 of Ameren's customers in Illinois lost service.

At least 30 trees were reportedly toppled at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in south St. Louis County.

There was no immediate word about how quickly the electrical service might be restored.

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7:10 a.m.

A woman and her 2-year-old son have been rescued after lightning struck and toppled a tree onto their car in southern Michigan, trapping them for about an hour.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports (http://bit.ly/29v9dxK ) they were driving Tuesday evening in Jackson when the tree hit them during a heavy thunderstorm. Rescue crews cut the roof off the car and used a chain saw to remove the tree.

People at the scene applauded when they were rescued. The newspaper says they appeared to be OK.

Storms hit the state Tuesday, flooding roads and leaving several thousand homes and businesses without power in Jackson County.

Authorities say a tornado struck Michigan's western Upper Peninsula during a storm that downed trees and caused power outages and flooding.

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6:51 a.m.

Authorities say at least two people have died in flooding caused by powerful storms that damaged homes, washed out roads and stranded motorists in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota.

In Wisconsin, Bayfield County sheriff's officials say an 84-year-old Illinois man died Tuesday when his vehicle became submerged in a flooded ditch. A firefighter was able to rescue the man's wife, who was a passenger.

In nearby Iron County, the sheriff's department says a 56-year-old man from Montreal, Wisconsin, died in the flooding, but didn't immediately provide details.

In Minnesota, Gov. Mark Dayton plans to travel Wednesday to the communities of Litchfield and Watkins, which were both slammed by tornadoes on Monday.

The National Weather Service is forecasting another round of thunderstorms Wednesday for northern Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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