Storms move eastward...

As this weekend's storms moved eastward, flooding hit Tennessee and West Virginia.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | June 1, 2004


As this weekend's storms moved eastward, flooding hit Tennessee and West Virginia, even as Indiana cleaned up tornado damage.

Tennessee saw nearly 2 inches of rain in about one hour, and nearly 100 homes and farm buildings were destroyed or damaged in Giles County about 80 miles south of Nashville.

Tornadoes again raked the South and Midwest Sunday night and Monday morning, killing at least three people, injuring more than a dozen others, and destroying homes.

The small town of Marengo, Indiana (some 35 miles northwest of Louisville, Kentucky), was one of the worst hit places, and at least 50 homes were destroyed. The majority of other homes in the town, population 800, were damaged in some way, according to a state police dispatcher. About 100 people took shelter at a local high school when the storm hit.

Residents reported the storm crushed mobile homes there and piled them together.

The south side of Indianapolis also bore the brunt of the storms. The roof was ripped off a nursing home. Assessments were still being conducted early Monday morning.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) made contact with Southern Indiana Disaster Response on Monday to assess needs.

As the storms moved eastward Monday, heavy rain caused widespread flooding in southern West Virginia. One man drowned in Wyoming County.

Flooding and mudslides washed out bridges and roads in West Virginia, stranding people in their homes throughout Mingo, Logan and Wyoming counties. The city of Williamson saw flooding after receiving more than four inches of rain in less than 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service. Gov. Bob Wise declared a state of emergency in Wyoming County and two others Monday, after declaring emergencies in seven other counties Friday.

The West Virginia Office of Emergency Services flew over the affected counties yesterday and estimates 350 homes either suffered major damages or were completely destroyed.

West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (WVVOAD) holds its annual meeting Tuesday morning, where representatives will discuss flood relief needs.

There were unofficial reports of 170 tornadoes that moved across the Midwest late Saturday evening and continued through Sunday evening, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. And it might not be over yet. The weather pattern may create conditions favorable for a second widespread outbreak of severe storms and tornadoes through Tuesday as it moves eastward.


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