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The Latest: Snow, rain, powerful winds hit the Upper Midwest

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A man works his way through a flooded Galena Street as the Pecatonica River continues to rise in Darlington, Wis., Thursday, March 14, 2019.  The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning or flood watch for about two-thirds of the state.  (Dave Kettering/Telegraph Herald via AP)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on a powerful storm system moving through the Midwest (all times local):

7 a.m.

Snow, rain and powerful winds are sweeping across the Upper Midwest.

No travel is advised Friday morning in areas near Fargo, North Dakota, as heavy snow and poor visibility prompted the closure of two interstates.

In South Dakota, schools in Rapid City are closed as authorities dig out from a blizzard. Flooding on the other side of the state prompted officials in Sioux Falls to go door-to-door and evacuate residents from homes.

Flooding has also made several highways in Wisconsin unpassable. In Fond du Lac, rescuers had to move residents to higher ground after flooding on the Fond du Lac River.

Authorities say a tornado swept through mid-Michigan, damaging homes and knocking out power to thousands late Thursday. State police said first-responders say at least 21 homes were damaged, though no injuries have been reported.

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12 a.m.

A late-winter storm system continues its trek across the Midwest. It will send rain and snow into Minnesota and Illinois on Friday.

The storm left quickly rising floods in its wake in parts of eastern Nebraska and Iowa that saw residents evacuated from their homes, roads washed out in communities, and farmers worried all the water would drown livestock.

The National Weather Service says the system is expected to move into southern Minnesota and parts of Illinois, including Chicago, on Friday, with rain later turning to snow. But meteorologist Paul Fajman in Omaha says the effects aren't expected to be as bad as what was seen farther west and south.

A blizzard crippled parts of Wyoming, Colorado and western Nebraska on Wednesday.

The swollen Pecatonica River spills into downtown Darlington, Wis., on Thursday March 14, 2019. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning or flood watch for about two-thirds of the state. (Dave Kettering/Telegraph Herald via AP)
People work to free a vehicle from a snow drift in north Rapid City, S.D., Thursday, March 14, 2019. All state offices are now closed in South Dakota as blizzard conditions barrel into the Midwest.
 (Ryan Hermens/Rapid City Journal via AP)
A pair of North Dakota Department of Transportation snowplows clear the westbound lane of I-94 on Thursday, March 14, 2019 near Bismarck.   North Dakota transportation officials closed sections of major interstates after blowing snow reduced visibility to nearly zero (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)
A semi truck and trailer are swept off the road by floodwaters Thursday, March 13, 2019, in Arlington, Neb. Evacuations forced by flooding have occurred in several eastern Nebraska communities, as western Nebraska residents struggled with blizzardlike conditions. (Ryan Soderlin/Omaha World-Herald via AP)
Mary Roncka and her husband Gene Roncka, right, accompanied by neighbor Kevin Mandina are evacuated as floodwaters rise Thursday, March 13, 2019, in Ashland, Neb. Evacuations forced by flooding have occurred in several eastern Nebraska communities, as western Nebraska residents struggled with blizzardlike conditions. (Brendan Sullivan/Omaha World-Herald via AP)
City of Scottsbluff, Neb. plows work to clear snow from Broadway on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Evacuations forced by flooding have occurred in several eastern Nebraska communities, as western Nebraska residents struggled with blizzardlike conditions. (Spike Jordan/The Star-Herald via AP)
Blowing snow reduces visibility at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial near Keystone, S.D., Wednesday, March 13, 2019. A window-rattling storm brought blizzards, floods and a tornado across more than 25 states Wednesday, stretching from the northern Rocky Mountains to Texas and beyond. (Ryan Hermens/Rapid City Journal via AP)
A string of wrecked vehicles sit on an overpass over Interstate 70 as a late winter storm packing hurricane-force winds and snow sweeps over the intermountain West Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
The swollen Pecatonica River spills into downtown Darlington, Wis., on Thursday March 14, 2019. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning or flood watch for about two-thirds of the state. (Dave Kettering/Telegraph Herald via AP)
The swollen Pecatonica River spills into downtown Darlington, Wis., on Thursday March 14, 2019. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning or flood watch for about two-thirds of the state. (Dave Kettering/Telegraph Herald via AP)
Mary Roncka and her husband Gene Roncka, right, accompanied by neighbor Kevin Mandina are evacuated as floodwaters rise Thursday, March 13, 2019, in Ashland, Neb. Evacuations forced by flooding have occurred in several eastern Nebraska communities, as western Nebraska residents struggled with blizzardlike conditions. (Brendan Sullivan/Omaha World-Herald via AP)
Mary Roncka and her husband Gene Roncka, right, accompanied by neighbor Kevin Mandina are evacuated as floodwaters rise Thursday, March 13, 2019, in Ashland, Neb. Evacuations forced by flooding have occurred in several eastern Nebraska communities, as western Nebraska residents struggled with blizzardlike conditions. (Brendan Sullivan/Omaha World-Herald via AP)
Blowing snow reduces visibility at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial near Keystone, S.D., Wednesday, March 13, 2019. A window-rattling storm brought blizzards, floods and a tornado across more than 25 states Wednesday, stretching from the northern Rocky Mountains to Texas and beyond. (Ryan Hermens/Rapid City Journal via AP)
Blowing snow reduces visibility at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial near Keystone, S.D., Wednesday, March 13, 2019. A window-rattling storm brought blizzards, floods and a tornado across more than 25 states Wednesday, stretching from the northern Rocky Mountains to Texas and beyond. (Ryan Hermens/Rapid City Journal via AP)
A pair of North Dakota Department of Transportation snowplows clear the westbound lane of I-94 on Thursday, March 14, 2019 near Bismarck.   North Dakota transportation officials closed sections of major interstates after blowing snow reduced visibility to nearly zero (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)
A pair of North Dakota Department of Transportation snowplows clear the westbound lane of I-94 on Thursday, March 14, 2019 near Bismarck. North Dakota transportation officials closed sections of major interstates after blowing snow reduced visibility to nearly zero (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)
People work to free a vehicle from a snow drift in north Rapid City, S.D., Thursday, March 14, 2019. All state offices are now closed in South Dakota as blizzard conditions barrel into the Midwest.
 (Ryan Hermens/Rapid City Journal via AP)
People work to free a vehicle from a snow drift in north Rapid City, S.D., Thursday, March 14, 2019. All state offices are now closed in South Dakota as blizzard conditions barrel into the Midwest. (Ryan Hermens/Rapid City Journal via AP)
A string of wrecked vehicles sit on an overpass over Interstate 70 as a late winter storm packing hurricane-force winds and snow sweeps over the intermountain West Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
A string of wrecked vehicles sit on an overpass over Interstate 70 as a late winter storm packing hurricane-force winds and snow sweeps over the intermountain West Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
City of Scottsbluff, Neb. plows work to clear snow from Broadway on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Evacuations forced by flooding have occurred in several eastern Nebraska communities, as western Nebraska residents struggled with blizzardlike conditions. (Spike Jordan/The Star-Herald via AP)
City of Scottsbluff, Neb. plows work to clear snow from Broadway on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Evacuations forced by flooding have occurred in several eastern Nebraska communities, as western Nebraska residents struggled with blizzardlike conditions. (Spike Jordan/The Star-Herald via AP)
A semi truck and trailer are swept off the road by floodwaters Thursday, March 13, 2019, in Arlington, Neb. Evacuations forced by flooding have occurred in several eastern Nebraska communities, as western Nebraska residents struggled with blizzardlike conditions. (Ryan Soderlin/Omaha World-Herald via AP)
A semi truck and trailer are swept off the road by floodwaters Thursday, March 13, 2019, in Arlington, Neb. Evacuations forced by flooding have occurred in several eastern Nebraska communities, as western Nebraska residents struggled with blizzardlike conditions. (Ryan Soderlin/Omaha World-Herald via AP)
A man works his way through a flooded Galena Street as the Pecatonica River continues to rise in Darlington, Wis., Thursday, March 14, 2019.  The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning or flood watch for about two-thirds of the state.  (Dave Kettering/Telegraph Herald via AP)
A man works his way through a flooded Galena Street as the Pecatonica River continues to rise in Darlington, Wis., Thursday, March 14, 2019. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning or flood watch for about two-thirds of the state. (Dave Kettering/Telegraph Herald via AP)