Iowa Teen Swept Away by Rushing Currents


0  Updated at 5:42 am, July 1st, 2014 By: ABC Digital
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iStock/Thinkstock(CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa) — Rescue crews will resume the search Tuesday morning for one of two teenagers who were swept into a storm drain in Iowa Monday, the victims of a powerful storm system pummeling the Midwest.

Logan Blake, 17, of Cedar Rapids, was sucked away by the rushing currents. He was playing Frisbee with friends.

One of Blake’s friends tried to rescue him but got swept away, too, getting carried deep into sewage drains underneath the city. That friend came out injured but alive at a lake a mile and a half away.

Blake remains missing, but his relatives and friends are holding onto hope.

“He’s a strong kid, a very athletic kid,” father Mark Blake said. “He’s got a strong will. We have every faith in the world that he’s hooked on and waiting for the current to slow down.”

The storm system brought heavy rain and winds across the region.

At a Cedar Rapids Kernels minor league baseball game, the tarp was whipped across the stadium, leaving three with concussions.

In Bevington, Iowa, the storm ripped down power lines and flipped a semi-truck.

And Chicago was lit up with lightning striking several skyscrapers.

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