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Clay County under flood warning Sunday morning

Sunday, May 11, 2003

By FRANK PHILLIPS

Managing Editor

Clay County remained under a flood warning Sunday morning. Flooding could approach levels seen in May 2002, according to the National Weather Service. The Eel River was included in the warning area.

The warning came after much of the area received 1-2 inches of rain Saturday, with some areas receiving more than 3 inches of rain this weekend.

The National Weather Service recommended people living in flood-prone areas take precautions immediately.

Early Saturday evening, Clay County was under a flood warning and tornado watch issued by the National Weather Service. No tornadoes resulting in injury or serious damage were reported to the Clay County Sheriff's Department Saturday through Sunday morning. Strong winds toppled trees and caused power outages on Saturday.

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 thunderstorms as it moved into the Wabash Valley.

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

Saturday morning, heavy rains caused water to rise 2-3 feet deep on Jackson Street, Brazil resident Dave Archer told reporter Linda Messmer. Street flooding quickly subsided after it stopped raining.

A second wave of storms weakened as it hit Terre Haute, according to Channel 10's radar image broadcast on WTHI-TV. A third wave of storms brought lightning and heavy rain to Clay County Saturday night.

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



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