Chicago sinkhole photos: 3 cars swallowed; 1 hospitalized as wild weather whips Midwest

(AP) - Nature is throwing all it has at Middle America, from snow in the north to tornadoes in the Plains, and enough rain in Chicago to cause a sinkhole that swallowed cars.

National Weather Service watches and warnings are in place across the region Thursday.

Rain is blamed for a huge sinkhole in the Chicago suburb of South Deering that swallowed three cars and sent one driver to the hospital.

The Chicago Tribune reported the person was transported in serious to critical condition.

Up to a foot of snow is forecast for parts of Minnesota and the Dakotas. Downpours are causing rivers to bust their banks in Missouri, Iowa and Illinois. Tornadoes caused scattered damage in Oklahoma. Frost warnings are in effect as a cold front pushes out warmer air.

Winds, possibly from a tornado, damaged dozens of homes in Spavinaw, Okla., and caused minor damage near Paris, Mo.

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