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Flash floods trap people in homes, vehicles in north Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Flooding and trapped people in homes and vehicles in the north of Alabama on Wednesday, and forecasters said the threat could last a day.

Torrents of rain from a cold front moving through the state caused water to cover roads and low-lying areas in the neighbourhood of Birmingham. Video and pictures showed homes surrounded by water, under water, mailboxes, and motorists trapped in cars and trucks.

A mobile home park was evacuated in Brighton due to the rising water, and at least two people were saved in the city, fire officials said. Water from a swollen creek covered tombstones in the Brighton Memorial Gardens, frustrating, Glenda Phillips, whose husband is buried at the cemetery.

“Every time it rains hard this section here flooding,” Phillips told WTVM-TV. Wiping her face, she said: “I have hurt so bad.”

Flooding also was reported in the northeastern part of the state of Alabama, where Albertville Fire and Rescue posted a photo of an SUV submerged in a street, the headlights seems to have water.

Flash watches and warnings were in force on the northern third of the state until Thursday night, and the National Weather Service said as much as 3 inches (8 cm) of rain already have fallen in the center of Alabama.

Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) were possible, forecasters said, and some of the storms could have winds as strong as 40 mph (64 km / h).

A wreck on a wet road in Decatur, two people were killed and three others injured Wednesday morning, but the police didn’t immediately say if the bad weather was suspected as a factor in the crash.

The weather forecast said rain is likely possible as far away from south Alabama.

Waves of rain can help to improve the precipitation deficits that a lot of the northern part of Alabama. Approximately 35 percent of the state, including the metro Birmingham, abnormally dry. Some areas, including Huntsville, are in a moderate drought.

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