Tornadoes, floods in central US leaves at least 5 dead as storm system moves east



Large rain system to travel across the country

Adam Klotz has the weather forecast.

At least five people are dead as a storm system that stretched from Texas to the Canadian Maritime provinces roars eastward across the central U.S., spawning tornadoes and flash floods leaving a trail of destruction in the wake of the Upper Midwest to the Appalachians.

In southwest Michigan, the body of a 48-year-old man was found floating in the water Sunday in Kalamazoo, the city, the Public Security Lt. David Thomas said. The police were withholding the release of his name until notification of family.

Thomas said the death was not suspicious, but the cause was not known. An autopsy was planned as early as on Monday. Kalamazoo was heavily affected by the floods of last week’s heavy rainfall and melting snow.

We have lost two fellow Kentuckians today due to severe weather in the western part of our staat…De possibilities for similar weather continues to move in Kentucky during the night…take weather watches/warnings seriously and stay safe #WeAreKY

— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) 25 February 2018

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said late Saturday two people died in the western part of the state as a result of “severe weather events” as the storm, which is also under strong winds, hail and heavy rain hit the region.

LATEST: @NWSNashville reports 2 possible tornadoes touched down in Middle Tennessee on Saturday; 1 in Clarksville, 1 in the northern part of Robertson Co. who traveled in Kentucky. NWS crews survey damage today. #GMN @WKRN
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— Josh Breslow (@JoshBreslowWKRN) 25 February 2018

“Take weather watches/warnings seriously and stay safe,” Bevin said on Twitter.

In the countryside, In south central Kentucky, 79-year-old Dallas Jane Combs died after a possible tornado hit her Adairville home Saturday evening, the Logan County Sheriff’s Department told the tv station WKRN. Sheriff’s officials said Combs was in the house when he collapsed on her. Combs was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities say Combs, the man was outside the house when the confirmed tornado struck and he sustained minor injuries.

Neighbors help with the collection of clothing and appearance for pets on a destroyed home Sunday morning after a severe storm hit Saturday, feb. 24, 2018, in the Farmington subdivision in Clarksville, Tennessee.

(Lacy Atkins/The Tennessean via AP)

In the northeastern part of Arkansas, an 83-year-old man was killed after high winds toppled a mobile home. Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller said in a Facebook post that Albert Foster died on Saturday evening after the house was blown into a pond in Knobel.

This HPX radar scan of Sat evening shows the #tornado that hit eastern #Clarksville, in near I-24, Rossview Road. Note the bright pink colors (winds blowing away from the radar) in addition to the bright green colors (winds blowing towards the radar) with an indication of strong rotation #tnwx

— NWS Nashville (@NWSNashville) 25 February 2018

Storm-related damage was also reported in Middle Tennessee, where Fox 17 in Nashville reported major damage to homes and vehicles. Fox 17 added that at least a dozen houses were damaged in one Montgomery County subdivision.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Clarksville community and the families that are affected by the terrible tornado damage.

— Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) 25 February 2018

The National Weather Service office in Nashville said a storm survey team confirmed EF-2 tornado damage of winds of 120 km per hour on the east side of Clarksville near the Interstate 24 and Rossview Road.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said that her “thoughts and prayers” were with those affected by the “terrible” damage.


Here is a map of the possible #tornado damage areas in the Mid-South. The surveys will provide more details.

— NWS Memphis (@NWSMemphis) 25 February 2018

In Mississippi County, Arkansas, crews were cleaning up after a confirmed tornado touched down in the town of Keiser, located about 50 km northwest of Memphis.

“It’s going to have devastating consequences for many of the people because it is a small community, but it is a very close-knit community. So everyone, we have people going door-to-door, checking on their neighbors, in the areas that they could, because we have advised them not because of the downed power lines,” Keiser police chief Mike Griffin said KAIT.

The storms were caused by a system associated with a cold front moves east, which caused flood watches and warnings are issued in several member states of the Sunday morning, while the wind advisory remained in effect for almost all of Lower Michigan. Heavy rain also spread into the Northeast, causing more flooding fears.

Pennsylvania Avenue near the Potter Park Zoo entrance is still closed as a result of flooding, Saturday, feb. 24, 2018 in Lansing, Michigan.

(Robert Killips /Lansing State Journal via AP)

“It’s right along that line that we have seen most of the rain activity here the entire weekend,” Fox News Meteorologist Adam Klotz said Sunday on “Fox & Friends Weekend.”

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens signed an executive order earlier Saturday, where a state of emergency in anticipation of the expected storm and flooding in parts of the south of Missouri. The order activates the resources of the Missouri National Guard and ensures that state resources are available in case of inclement weather.

A view from the Central Bridge shows the flooding of the Ohio River on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 in Cincinnati.

(Liz Dufour/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

A dike breach along the Kankakee River in northwestern Indiana had the local officials urging about 30 homeowners to evacuate.

The Ohio River is expected to 60.6 feet in Cincinnati by Sunday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

The expected river crest would easily make it the worst floods Greater Cincinnati has seen since March 5, 1997, when the river hit 64.7 feet, Fox 19 reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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