Storms responsible for the deaths of 3 people in Michigan, Ohio and Arkansas
MONROE, Mich. (AP) — Severe storms that brought damaging winds, heavy rains and flash flooding to parts of the Midwest and South have been blamed for the deaths of three people, including two children in Michigan and l ‘Arkansas as well as a woman in Ohio.
Monday’s storms also knocked out electrical service to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in Michigan and Indiana.
In the town of Monroe, Michigan, a 14-year-old girl was electrocuted Monday night in the backyard of her home after coming into contact with a power line that was knocked down by a thunderstorm, the report said. public safety department in a Facebook post.
The girl was with a friend and she grabbed what she thought was a stick, but it turned out to be the power line, the department said.
In Arkansas, an 11-year-old boy died after being swept away in a storm drain during heavy rain on Monday, authorities said.
A 47-year-old woman who was trying to help the child was also pulled from the drain and taken to hospital for treatment, Bentonville police say. Slow-moving thunderstorms brought heavy rain to the area Monday and caused localized flash flooding, the National Weather Service said.
“These heavy rains, when they came, a lot of them came very quickly and in a short time,” said meteorologist Brad McGavock of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, Weather Service, which covers parts of Arkansas. “Managing water through these storm drains can really lead to a large volume of water flowing through these culverts.”
In Ohio, a woman was killed Monday night when a tree fell on her behind her home in Toledo just as a severe storm was moving through the area, the city’s fire department said. His name and age have not been disclosed.
The storms were widespread in states like Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Tree branches and power lines fell as winds gusted up to 58 mph (93 kilometers per hour) at Battle Creek Executive Airport in Michigan and 60 mph (96 kilometers per hour) in Huntington, southwest of Fort Wayne, Indiana, the weather service reported. .
On Monday night, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said he was declaring a state of emergency after excessive rains exacerbated problems at one of Jackson’s water treatment plants and caused a drop water pressure in much of the capital. A swollen Pearl River caused flooding in Jackson on Monday, days after storms dumped heavy rain.
The Mississippi floods were less severe than those that caused death and destruction in Kentucky last month. These floods killed at least 39 people and robbed thousands of families of all their belongings. Nearly a month later, residents are debating whether to rebuild in the place they call home or start over somewhere else.
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