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Clay County waits for more storms

Saturday, May 10, 2003

By FRANK PHILLIPS

Managing Editor

Early Saturday evening, Clay County remained under a flood warning and tornado watch issued by the National Weather Service.

Following Saturday morning's storm activity, the skies turned sunny and temperatures soared into the 80s from the mid-60s. Meteorologists were watching a cold front in Illinois that brought with it the possibility of thunderstorms as it moved into the Wabash Valley.

Although a tornado warning was posted for Clay County late Saturday morning, relatively minor wind damage was reported in the county, according to a Clay County Sheriff's Department spokesman.

Strong winds toppled trees and caused power outages, but no one was injured as a direct result of the weather.

A multiple car accident in Brazil was reported around noon. The vehicles' occupants were reportedly taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital with minor injuries.

Around 11 a.m. Saturday, a severe thunderstorm that slammed into Terre Haute, ripping a roof from a fire station, causing flooding and pea-sized hail, had left Vigo County and entered Clay County, according to reports on WTHI-TV.

At one point, heavy rains caused water to rise 2-3 feet deep on Jackson Street, Brazil resident Dave Archer told reporter Linda Messmer.

A tornado warning for Clay County expired within an hour, leaving a tornado watch in place. No tornado had touched down in Clay County by noon, said a Sheriff's Department spokesman.

A second wave of storms weakened as it hit Terre Haute, according to Channel 10's radar image broadcast on WTHI-TV.

For a summary of the weekend's violent weather and local photos, read Monday's edition of The Brazil Times.



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