May 8, 2014 11:45 pm

Storms sweep across Great Plains, bringing strong winds, tornadoes and deluge of rain

Sophia Davis, 9, inspects the large tree that fell onto a car as she was walking home from school, Thursday, May 8, 2014 in Dallas.

AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Tom Fox

DALLAS – Thunderstorms are moving across the Plains, bringing strong winds and tornadoes and prompting a high-water rescue of five children.

Dallas police say emergency workers rescued five boys after they became trapped Thursday morning by rising waters. They were taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Near Joshua, Texas, high winds destroyed a mobile home. Authorities say a mother and child were injured.

Winds reached up to 70 mph Thursday afternoon in parts of Dallas, toppling large trees, tearing holes in warehouse roofs and peeling away the front wall of a church. Dallas Area Rapid Transit suspended light rail service along its northern routes until the storm passed.

In South Dakota, the National Weather Service says quarter-size hail was reported. Several tornadoes were reported in Minnesota, but no major damage or injuries.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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