5 Dead in Kentucky Floods as Storms Hit USA

A storm system swept across southern, central and north easter states of the USA on Saturday and Sunday, bringing with it heavy rain and some flooding, as well as snow, ice and even tornadoes.

Winter started with a bang for many US states over the weekend, with freezing rain and heavy snow of around 9 inches in some areas in the Midwest and New England, tornadoes in the South, yet bizarre high temperatures in Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York. On Sunday New Yorkers enjoyed temperatures of 71 degrees Fahrenheit (21.5 degrees Celsius) beating the record of 63 degrees of 1998.

Strong winds have left as many as half a million people without power, in particular in Michigan and New England.

Transport

Transport has also been hit, with around 700 flights cancelled (including from Chicago O’Hare) and roads made treacherous by freezing rain and ice. Needless to say, this is a busy time of year for America’s road and transport network. 90 million people are expected to make a trip by road, rail or air over the next few days in the USA. Fortunately for many of them, the severe weather is forecast to end later Monday 23 December.

Casualties

There have been reports of as many as nine deaths as a result of the storms in USA. Five people have also been killed in road accident in Canada said to be caused by the storm.

Five people were killed in the floods in Kentucky over the weekend. Kentucky Emergency Management said yesterday, Sunday 22 December, that 3 people died in a vehicle that was caught in flood water of the Rolling Fork River ear New Hope, Kentucky. 2 other passengers escaped and were taken to hospital. Another victim died after her vehicle was over turned in flood waters near Carrollton. The fifth victim, also in his vehicle, died in Ballard County.

At least 3 people are thought to have died in violent storm wind in Arkansas and Mississippi. Another victim dies in Kansas City, Missouri, in a road accident as a result of the storm.

Heavy Snow

Areas such as Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Texas, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa saw heavy snow and icy cold.

Strong Winds and Tornadoes

Other states, including Ohio, Louisiana, West Virginia, Mississippi, Arkansas and Kentucky experienced severe strong winds and tornadoes.

Flooding

Below is a summary of the areas of the USA suffering from flooding as a result of the storm system, according to Wundergound.

Alabama
Madison (Flint River at Brownsboro). on 22 December, 116mm of rain fell in 24 hours in Alabama.

Arkansas
Drew, Jefferson, Lee, St. Francis, Lonoke, Pulaski, Saline, White, Poinsett, Craighead, Jackson, Sharp, Marion

Georgia
Habersham

Illinois
An estimated two to five inches of rain fell on parts of the region late Friday into Saturday. Franklin County Highway Department announced Sunday evening that some roads are closed because of high water.

Other areas affected include: Massac, Pope, Johnson, Gallatin, Saline, Williamson, Jackson, White, Lawrence.

Indiana
By Sunday 3.43 inches of rain had fallen in Indianapolis since Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Police evacuated the Longacre Mobile Home Park on the Far Southside on Saturday night after relentless rains flooded nearby Lick Creek.

Other areas afffected include: Perry, Spencer, Warrick, Vanderburgh, Dubois, Gibson, Switzerland, Sullivan, Union, Fayette, Johnson, Morgan, Wayne, Henry, Hancock, Randolph, Delaware, Madison, Jay.

Kentucky
Campbell, Kenton, Boone, Gallatin, Carroll, Nelson, Trimble, Jefferson, Hardin, Grayson, Breckinridge, Henderson, Christian, Hopkins, Trigg, Calloway, McCracken, Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton.

In a 24 hour period between 21 and 22 December, 111mm of rain fell inKentucky.

Missouri
New Madrid, Scott, Butler, Oregon, Taney, Wayne, Reynolds, Shannon, Howell, Douglas, Wright, Bollinger, Warren

New York State
Chautauqua, Wyoming, Genesee, Northern Erie

Water levels rose to nearly 10 feet at Ellicott Creek and Glen Falls Sunday in the Village of Williamsville, prompting officials to close the park to the public. Ellicott Creek is a tributary of Tonawanda Creek . The National Weather Service have forecast major flooding for the Tonawanda Creek at Batavia for some time on Sunday 22 or Monday 23 December 2013.

Ohio
Scioto, Highland, Clermont, Washington, Clinton, Warren, Butler, Pickaway, Greene, Montgomery, Preble, Franklin, Clark, Miami, Delaware, Union, Logan, Shelby, Darke, Auglaize, Mercer, Hardin, Allen

Tennessee
Hardin, Shelby, Tipton, Obion

Vermont
Caledonia