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Damaging winds leave trail of destruction across several states

Posted at 4:23 PM, Dec 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-16 10:11:48-05

High winds are wreaking havoc across the country.

The National Weather Service issued High Wind Warnings Wednesday from New Mexico to Upper Michigan.

More than a dozen tornadoes touched down in several states, with some areas seeing their first December twisters in history.

Several Iowa barns were torn to shreds.

President Biden spent Wednesday in Kentucky, meeting with victims of last week's tornado outbreak. The president said the federal government would cover all of the disaster's costs for the first 30 days of recovery.

The assistance will be key in helping Bill Patterson, who is still coming to terms with what a tornado did to his home.

"I want to cry but I'm not going to cry….not yet anyway," Patterson said. "I don't know. I don't know. It just depends on how much the government helps."

At least 85 people died from last week's storms, but there are still dozens unaccounted for.

Many people who live in the area and business owners say the cleanup and recovery will take months.

Colorado is another state that is being hit hard. Colorado Springs and Boulder reported gusts over 90 miles per hour.

The wind has caused power outages, uprooted trees, and toppled Christmas decorations.

In Denver, a metal roof was blown onto a street where cars were parked. A tree also slammed into a truck in Littleton while a man was driving. He was not injured.

KOB 4, the NBC affiliate in New Mexico, reported that high winds damaged planes at the Santa Fe airport.

The Kansas City International Airport evacuated its Air Traffic Control Tower due to winds gusts in excess of 70 mph Wednesday night.

Earlier in the day, dust storms blanketed Wichita, Kansas.

In several states, there are threats of more severe weather and nocturnal tornadoes.

Tornado Watches and Warnings were issued for portions of Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Minnesota.

The National Weather Service reported a confirmed tornado in Plainview, Minnesota Wednesday night.

The storm pattern is rare for December. Minnesota had never recorded a tornado in December, according to ABC News.

The severe storms come on the heels of the deadly tornadoes that struck the Midwest and South last week, which killed more than 80 people.

Multi-media journalist Victoria Balderrama also contributed to this report.