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US: 29,000 without power after storm slams southeast Michigan

© David Guralnick / The Detroit News
Tom Micoli checks out a maple tree downed Monday by a storm on Burnside in Detroit. The harsh weather snapped tree limbs and knocked down wires around the Metro area, leaving thousands without power.
The severe weather that knocked out power to thousands, toppled tree limbs and felled power lines may have fizzled out Monday night, but that doesn't mean Metro Detroit is done with wet weather through the start of the holiday weekend.

"It looks like it's going to continue to be rainy for this week," said Amos Dodson, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

NWS said there's a 30 percent chance of showers today, with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s. Another system brings showers and thunderstorms Wednesday, and rain is also in the forecast through Friday

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US: In Minneapolis, storm toll quietly rises

Joplin, Mo., continues to dig out from the massive tornado that blasted the city Sunday, but it wasn't the only city hit hard that day. Minneapolis-based Finance and Commerce reports that officials there are dealing with a "very preliminary" estimate of $166 million in damage to homes, buildings and infrastructure.


US: Heavy Rains Cause Major Flooding Across Northeast Oklahoma

Heavy rains have caused major flooding in many locations across Northeast Oklahoma.

Nearly ten inches of rain have fallen near Vinita. That's where SkyNews6 found three men rescuing a woman in a stranded vehicle. The video shows one man breaking a window to help get the woman out. The men then helped her wade through the water to safety.

News On 6 reporter Ashli Sims captured video of flooding along I-44 southwest of Miami. Flooding forced Miami Public Schools to cancel classes Tuesday.

Rising waters also caused problems in Muskogee. The Muskogee Police Department told News On 6 officers performed several vehicle rescues Monday evening.

Cherokee County Emergency Management said it had also received reports of significant flooding. Officials there said at least three water rescues were performed Monday, but no one was injured. Power lines and trees are down across Cherokee County.

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Philippines: Update Chedeng picks up strength as it nears land; storm warnings up

© Graphics from http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph
PAGASA-DOST MTSAT-EIR Satellite Image for 5 a.m., 25 May 2011
Tropical Storm Chedeng continued to bear down on the Philippines with greater force Tuesday, compelling the weather bureau to issue warnings in seven provinces in the Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions that were already beginning to feel the effects of the country's third cyclone this year.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said, Chedeng was located 490 kilometers east of Borongan, Eastern Samar, with maximum sustained winds of 105 kilometers per hour near the center and gusting up to 135 kph.


US: Flooding grows near Brownville; rain begins in west

Umbrellas were the order of the day for Nebraskans from west to east Tuesday, with heavy rain predicted across much of the state. Some storms could also turn severe, with large hail possible and some isolated tornadoes in far southeast Nebraska, the National Weather Service said.

Already Tuesday morning, 1.25 inches of rain had fallen in Red Cloud near the Kansas border. And overnight rains added as much as 2 inches of rain to already soggy soil in southwest and west-central Nebraska.

Rain totals included: Imperial, 2.04 inches; Wauneta, 1.94; Wellfleet, 1.17; Hayes Center, 1.09; Curtis, 0.97; Moorefield, 0.92; Swan Lake, 0.75; Oshkosh, 0.73; North Platte, 0.71.

The North Platte area is under a flood warning and flash flood watch, bracing for 2-4 more inches of rain. The North Platte River is already at a record level, with overflows expected to increase at least through Friday.


US: Heavy Rains Cause Mudslide in Maple Grove; Minnesota

A mudslide has closed a road in Maple Grove in the northwestern Twin Cities.

Hennepin County officials say an emergency closure is in place on Bottineau Boulevard from 93rd Avenue North to Fernbrook Lane.

Heavy rains and storms over the weekend caused the mudslide.

Crews are working to remove the mudslide so one lane in each direction will be open by Monday evening. Residents are encouraged to find alternate routes.

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US: National Weather Service warns more rain could bring floods to western Montana

Officials are keeping a close eye on both the rivers and the sky this week, as they track several weather systems predicted to bring rain and more flood worries to western Montana.

The National Weather Service issued flood watches for Missoula and Ravalli counties Monday afternoon in anticipation of overnight rainshowers.

Severe flooding in eastern Montana caused road closures and evacuations as the week began, prompting Gov. Brian Schweitzer to issue a statewide flood emergency declaration. Missoula, Ravalli, Sanders, Lincoln, Glacier and Lake counties were all included in the declaration.

The Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Clark Fork River above Missoula as well. The river rose to 9.3 feet Monday and is forecast to reach its 10-foot flood stage by Tuesday morning.

"The area that looks like it will go to flood probably quicker than anything is the Clark Fork River in Missoula. How fast and how much it rises will depend on how much precipitation falls. This forecast could change as we go into the week," said Ray Nickless, hydrologist for the Weather Service.

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Canada: Lake Manitoba residents the latest to fear floods

© Reuters, The Starphoenix
Sandbags surround farm buildings as water from a deliberate breach of a dike on the Assiniboine River approaches near Newton, Man. Swollen with water from the Portage Diversion and driven by a gale, Lake Manitoba reared up on Monday and slammed against the shores in cabin country.
Delta Beach, Manitoba - Swollen with water from the Portage Diversion and driven by a gale, Lake Manitoba reared up on Monday and slammed against the shores in cabin country.

Thirty homes in Delta Beach were placed under voluntary evacuation, hours after a blustery north wind sent water crashing against homes, surging over some of the community's roads and swamping three cabins on its southern edge.

The Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie was monitoring the situation "hour by hour," an official on the scene said, in case a mandatory evacuation order was needed.

But while some cottagers and full-time residents were spotted driving away, cars packed with clothes, other residents along a mucky stretch road stayed, betting that the roads out would stay passable.

With most sandbags in place, all they could do was watch the waves break and wonder what might happen next to the lake that is, suddenly, a threat.

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US: Joplin, Missouri Survivor: Tornado 'Just One Big Wall'

Joplin tornado
© Mike Gullett/AP Photo
Mary Womack, right, reacts to the news that a renter who lived in her house had been found and taken to the hospital, May 23, 2011.
Rance Junge had the surprise of his life when he opened the back door of his Pronto pharmacy in Joplin, Mo., Sunday evening, exposing a scene from another world.

"It was just one big wall," he said of the nearly mile-wide tornado. "You couldn't see a funnel. It was just so massive."

His story of survival is just one of many beginning to emerge after the twister cut a six-mile-wide path through Joplin on Sunday, causing widespread destruction and killing 117 people -- the most from one storm in 60 years.

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US: Flooding Cuts Off Montana Town, More Rain Forecast

© Billings Gazette, Paul Ruhter/AP
A man walks across South Canal Road in Huntley, Mont. on Sunday, May 22, 2011 as flood water from Pryor Creek inundates a neighborhood and spills over into a canal. Widespead flooding also closed Interstate 90 from Hardin, Mont. to Ranchester, Wyo.
Billings - More rain is on tap this week for Montana communities besieged with flooding that has isolated a town near the Wyoming border, claimed at least one life and left another person missing, state and local authorities said Monday.

Gov. Brian Schweitzer declared a statewide emergency as broad areas of southeastern Montana remained underwater.

Rural communities in southeastern Montana, including the Crow Reservation, were hardest hit, authorities said.

In Carbon County, 84-year-old Betty Kebschull was killed after she was caught in rising waters from an unnamed creek.

Kebschull was swept a short distance downstream from her house near Boyd, where authorities found her body Saturday, Deputy Coroner Ben Mahoney said. A Monday autopsy confirmed she drowned.

In Yellowstone County, authorities were searching for a man reported missing after a backhoe he was operating tipped into Pryor Creek.