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Mexico wasn't the only place hit by severe summer weather this week. Two storm systems collided in the Midwest sending people all of the way from Colorado to Ohio ducking for cover: Twenty-five people were killed, millions of dollars in roadways were washed out and homes collapsed due to high winds and flooding. Better double check those driving and lodging plans if you're hoping to squeeze in a Matt Gross-style road trip this summer.
In Wisconsin heinous storms resulted in more than $30 million in weather-related damages. Lori Getter the state's Emergency Management spokeswoman told CNN.com:
Mother Nature has been really cruel to our state the last four or five days. For many of these people, they've lost everything.
More rainfall led to heavy flooding after high winds whipped through towns in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Gov. Jim Doyle declared a state of emergency:
It's really awe-inspiring to see how much damage has been done and what this water has done.
The severe weather also hit Oklahoma, parts of Texas, Nebraska and Iowa: proof yet again that some of the biggest storms aren't always tropical.
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If you're cruising the Midwestern states on a road trip, there's more than meets the eye when it comes to attractions. Sure, it's known for flatness. And agriculture. But there's so much more going on below the surface...literally.
In Illinois, Iowa and Ohio you can find your pick of caves to explore, if you've got a thing for stalactites (mnemonic: they're 'tied' to the ceiling) or stalagmites (you 'might' trip over them) or if you just want to explore a place that is a constant refreshing 54 degrees Fahrenheit. Find the cave closest to you at any tourist pamphlet stand.
We recommend Seneca Caverns in Bellevue, Ohio because it has the best motto, ever: "The Caviest Cave in the USA."