Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Severe Storms Cause Damage in North Carolina, Kentucky; Flooding Reported in Florida

Sean Breslin
Published: June 6,2017

Heavy rain and powerful storms triggered flooding and damage Sunday and Monday in several Southern and Midwestern towns.
Meanwhile, flooding continued to plague parts of Florida Tuesday morning. On Marco Island, where more than a half-foot of rain fell in less than 12 hours, multiple cars were stranded on flooded roads during the morning hours, according to the National Weather Service.
(MORE: Where Flooding Could Cause Problems Next)

Officials were forced to close some roads on the island located south of Naples, the report added.

Homes Damaged by Storm in Pitt County, North Carolina

An EF1 tornado caused damage to homes and at least one business in Pitt County, North Carolina, Monday evening, according to local reports. The storm was packing winds up to 90 mph and was on the ground for half a mile.
The Pitt County Sheriff's Office said no injuries were reported while the twister was in progress between the towns of Bethel and Stokes near Highway 30 in eastern North Carolina, WCTI-TV said. The storm destroyed a barn along the highway, and two homes nearby sustained minor damage from the flying debris, Pitt County interim emergency management director Allen Everette told WITN.com.

Hundred-Year-Old Trees Felled in Louisville

Strong winds brought down old trees – some onto vehicles – as storms rolled through the Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky, Monday evening.
Some of the trees were more than a century old, according to WHAS-TV, and residents said the winds responsible for bringing them down were ferocious.
"The wind was just incredible," resident Jim Morrow told WHAS. "I opened the front door and it almost just blew the door out of my hands."
At least one home in the area was severely damaged by a falling tree. Vilma Fabre said she was inside her house when a tree crashed through the roof, falling onto a sofa in the dwelling. No injuries were reported.
"The tree must be, what, 120?" Fabre told WHAS. "The house is 106 years old, the tree has to be at least that, so to be honest with you, I'm most disappointed I've lost a tree."

Cars Damaged, Residents Evacuated in Affton, Missouri

Residents were quickly pushed out of their homes as floodwaters rose Sunday evening in Affton, Missouri, a town of 20,000 located about 10 miles southwest of St. Louis. Flooding at the Cedar Creek Lodge Apartments was blamed on the swollen Gravois Creek nearby and blocked drains inside the complex, a local fire chief told KSDK.com.
Cars are piled up after they were pushed around by flash flooding Sunday night, June 4, 2017, in Affton, Missouri.
(Abby Llorico/KSDK News)

"When the first company arrived, they said it was raining so hard they couldn't see their hand in front of their face," Affton Fire Protection District Chief Nick Fahs told KSDK. "It appears it hit the drains over here and clogged the drains. And within a matter of minutes, these people in the lower units were running for the upper levels and the cars were submerged within just a few seconds."
Several tenants inside the complex were evacuated because of the flooding, the report added, and although the water quickly receded, several cars were pushed into one another by the floodwaters, and a dumpster was carried across the parking lot. Several of the vehicles weren't just damaged on the outside – muddy water got inside and ruined interiors.
"It's all mud inside. Leather seats – those are probably not going to be so good," Tony Sartorelli, who lives in the complex, told KSDK.
Nobody was seriously injured, KSDK also said.

Flooding Reported in Tennessee

According to the Tennessean, several counties north of Nashville experienced flooding overnight Sunday.
Flooding was reported in Sumner County in the aftermath of Sunday's rains, including flooding on Butler Road, Emergency Management Agency Director Ken Weidner told the newspaper.
One person was rescued in the same county after becoming trapped in high water on Hickory Ridge Road, Weidner added.
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