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Storms dump rain across U.S. Midwest, kill Kentucky woman

(Reuters) – A band of thunderstorms reaching across the decrease Mississippi Valley into Ohio on Saturday killed a Kentucky woman in her house and threatened extra flooding in an space that has already seen evacuations due to excessive water.

The storm system packing hail, excessive winds and attainable tornados was forecast to drop from 2 to four inches (5 to 10 cm) of rain by early Sunday from Arkansas into the Ohio Valley.

Much of the realm was beneath flash flood warnings or watches after being saturated by rain prior to now week or so, the National Weather Service mentioned.

“It’s a pretty high-impact event over a very large area,” Bob Oravec, a forecaster with the company’s Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, mentioned by phone.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued a catastrophe emergency for 11 counties due to harm from widespread flooding, particularly from the Kankakee River in northern Indiana.

In Ohio, Governor John Kasich declared an emergency in 17 counties alongside the Ohio River and within the southern a part of the state due to excessive water and storm harm.

A 79-year-old woman died in her rural house close to Logan, Kentucky, when it was struck by an obvious twister, Nashville, Tennessee, TV station WKRN reported.

Quoting emergency administration officers, the broadcaster mentioned the woman and her husband, who was unhurt, didn’t hear any siren.

County officers didn’t reply to a request for remark.

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin mentioned on Twitter late Saturday, “We’ve lost multiple Kentuckians today due to severe weather events in the western part of our state.”

“The Potential for similar weather continues to move into Kentucky overnight,” he mentioned in a tweet.

The governor requested that every one residents to take climate warnings critically.

Flooding has claimed a minimum of three lives this week, together with a 1-year-old lady in Michigan, in line with media.

A 52-year-old woman was discovered lifeless in her automobile that was submerged in a ditch in Illinois and a 53-year-old man was killed in Oklahoma when his automobile was swept away by flood waters, media reported.

Hundreds of individuals have been evacuated over the past a number of days as rising waters reached their properties and close by roads. Communities offered sandbags to house and enterprise house owners and arrange dozens of shelters to accommodate displaced residents.

Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee and Ian Simpson in Washington and Steve Bittenbender from Louisville, Kentucky; Editing by Mark Potter

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