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US: Northeast next after twisters, floods hit South

Alabama, Louisiana declare emergencies; N.J. expects 'significant event'

Alabama and Louisiana on Wednesday declared states of emergency after twisters hit some areas, while floods submerged others - all part of a severe storm system making its way to the Northeast, where significant flooding was expected Thursday.

In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie late Wednesday declared a state of emergency for areas along the Passaic and Delaware rivers and flood-prone Bound Brook in Somerset County.

In the South earlier Wednesday, winds tore roofs off buildings, overturned cars and injured several people. A woman died in a house fire in Mississippi that authorities believe was caused by lightning.

Two apparent tornadoes damaged buildings near Mobile in southwest Alabama, hours after several tornadoes were reported to the west near New Orleans, La.

Several tornadoes also touched down in southern Mississippi damaging some mobile homes, according to the police department in Biloxi.


Bizarro Earth

Israel: Torrential rains hit and snow falls on the Hermon

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Rain in Jerusalem.
Heavy precipitation, thunderstorms, cause traffic jams in Tel Aviv area, northern Israel; snow expected to spread to upper Galilee, Safed.

A recent blast of cold air from Scandanavia coupled with warm Mediterranean Sea influence created torrential rain and thunderstroms Tuesday. Snow fell in the Hermon and other areas in the north.

The morning hours saw between 10-30 mm of rainfall in the country's center, and between 5-15 mm in the North, with the Israeli Meteorological Service reporting up to 32 mm in the Tel Aviv area. Showers are expected to dissipate in the afternoon hours. Authorities closed the Hermon to visitors as snow began to fall.

The northern heights of Meron and Safed may see snow Wednesday or Thursday, but snow is not expected to hit the ground in Jerusalem.

The stormy weather wreaked havoc on motorways as well, causing heavy traffic in the Center and even worse traffic jams in the North. In the Kirya junction in Tel Aviv, a traffic disturbance developed when traffic lights malfunctioned and jammed the roads until a police officer arrived to help direct traffic.

Bizarro Earth

Tornadoes reported in Alabama, Louisiana

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A pickup truck is flipped over in a neighborhood in Silverhill after a possible tornado hit south of Alabama 104 around Baldwin County 55.
New Orleans -- An apparent tornado hit near Mobile, Ala., Wednesday morning, a fire official said.

Lena Phillips of the Theodore, Ala., fire department told CNN the windstorm caused extensive damage to several businesses.

John Kilcullen of the Mobile County Emergency Management Agency told the Mobile Press-Register, "We're fairly fortunate that the damage at this point is relatively light."

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the area at 9:40 a.m. (10:40 a.m. EST).

Earlier Wednesday, three suspected tornadoes hit the New Orleans area the morning after Mardi Gras, the National Weather Service said.

The Slidell Police Department said a tornado crossed Interstate 12 in Lacombe at 4:50 a.m., The New Orleans Times Picayune reported. A roof was torn off a house in Lacombe at 4:57 a.m.

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US: Mom sheltering child dies as tornado hits Louisiana town

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Debris litters ground in Rayne, La., after a suspected tornado hit the area injuring at least nine people, leveling homes and causing natural gas leaks that prompted evacuations on Saturday, March 5, 2011.
Rayne, Louisiana - When the tornado hit this Louisiana town, Jalisa Granger was instinctively sheltering her child from the sudden, fierce winds. Pieces of homes shot skyward, debris lodged in treetops and a U.S. Postal Service truck was flipped on its side.

When it was over, the 21-year-old mother lay dead from a tree that had fallen on top of her home, authorities say. But her child survived the tornado's rampage through Rayne, a south Louisiana community of 8,500 people some 70 miles west of Baton Rouge.

Maxine Trahan, a spokeswoman for the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office, said Granger was protecting her child when the tornado hit.

"She sheltered the child to protect her from the storm and a tree fell on the house and it killed the mother but the child was OK," Trahan said. A relative who lived nearby found the woman.

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US: Tornado Touches Down in Louisiana; 12 Hurt

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A high water barricade blocks a public landing along the Ohio River, Thursday in Cincinnati.
Several homes damaged; natural gas leaks prompt evacuations

Rayne - A suspected tornado hit the southwestern Louisiana town of Rayne on Saturday, injuring 12 people, leveling homes and causing natural gas leaks that prompted evacuations.

Of the 12 injuries, one was severe, a spokeswoman for the Rayne sheriff's office told msnbc.com.

Donald Jones, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, said Saturday that a crew is headed to the scene to determine if the high winds were a tornado. The destruction hit the Acadia Parish town of about 8,500 around 10 a.m. as a line of violent thunderstorms moved through the area.

State Police Trooper Stephen Hammons said several houses have been destroyed or damaged, and the area has been evacuated because of natural gas leaks. Utility crews were going door-to-door to check for leaks, and residents were sent to a fire station to take shelter.

There were reports of at least two ruptured gas lines, Jones said.

Trees and power lines had been knocked down across about an eighth of a mile, said Acadian Ambulance supervisor Troy Guidry. He said nine people have been taken to area hospitals, one with serious injuries and eight with minor injuries.

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US: Flood Risk: A Month of Rain in Days

A storm, moving at a snail's pace, will produce heavy, flooding rain from the Ohio Valley into New England Friday through next Monday. In many areas, the storm will be responsible for producing the amount of rain typically observed during an entire month of March in just a few days.

A heavy rain-making storm will organize over the Midwest Friday before arriving in New England by the latter half of the weekend.

Many rivers and streams are already swollen or exceeding flood stage from southern Illinois to Indiana and Ohio.

In the flood weary city of Findlay, Ohio, residents are just recovering from flooding earlier this week.

"Every time it rains I get nervous," Sharon Hill told TheCourier.com in Findlay, Ohio. With more rain in the forecast for Ohio, a mutual feeling may be felt across other cities.

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Flooded roadways in Lima, Ohio earlier in the week. Lima is located about 30 miles southwest of Findlay, Ohio.

Umbrella

US: Oahu, Kauai Remain Under Flash Flood Watch

Heavy Rain, Thunderstorms Possible Through Friday

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say the threat of thunderstorms and heavy rains for Kauai and Oahu remain through Friday.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms rolled through Kauai Thursday, prompting a flood advisory and severe thunderstorm warning. The advisories were canceled Thursday afternoon. There were no reports of major flooding.

Kauai and Oahu remain under a flash flood watch through Friday afternoon. A developing storm to the west of the state has brought moist and unstable air from the tropics over the Hawaiian Islands, according to the NWS. A cold front associated with the storm is expected to bring more heavy rainfall to Kauai and Oahu Friday.

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US: Flooding Rains Threaten Indiana

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Munster Indiana September 13, 2008
Indianapolis -- More heavy rain is expected to overspread Indiana on Friday night and into the day on Saturday, heightening the flood threat across the region.

A strong low-pressure system with ample moisture will move through the area. More than 2 inches of rain could fall in central Indiana.

Several flood watches and warnings were issued as rain began falling Friday morning.

The heaviest rain is expected to fall from Friday night through Saturday morning.

There could be a couple of rounds of thunderstorms as the storm system moves through the area. The storms are not expected to be severe, but they will include very heavy rain.

Rainfall of 2 inches or more will likely again cause street flooding, because the ground is saturated and there is no place for the water to go.

River flooding, which is still ongoing in central and southern Indiana after last week's heavy rains, are expected to be worsened by the latest round of heavy rain.

As the storm system pulls away late Saturday, there could be some snow showers or snow flurries, but they will be short-lived.

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US: Heavy Rain to Pummel Tri-State This Weekend

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Most of Waterworks Road in Evansville is now underwater because of the slowly rising waters of the Ohio River. More rain this weekend may cause the river to rise above flood level in Evansville, according to the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky.
A storm system could bring some heavy rain to the area the first half of the weekend.

Rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches will be possible the next two days, with the heaviest downpours tonight and Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky.

Since the ground is still saturated from recent rains, runoff could cause sharp rises in area streams.

Meanwhile, the Ohio River has reached the 40-foot flood stage at Owensboro, Ky.

The river is forecast to reach the 42-foot flood stage at Evansville by Sunday.

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U.S.: Forecasters warn of flash floods in Midwest

'Widespread rains' expected to sweep across parts of the Midwest and South

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A high water barricade blocks a public landing along the Ohio River, Thursday in Cincinnati. The parking lot for the landing normally extends past the trees surrounded by water. The Ohio River is not expected to reach flood stage.
Heavy rain and thunderstorms were hitting parts of the Midwest Friday, with meteorologists warning flooding was likely in parts of several states.

The complex storm system means severe storms in parts of eastern Oklahoma, and heavy rainfall from the Lower Mississippi Valley on east, The Weather Channel reported, with the possibility of some snow following on its heels over the weekend and into next week.

Central and northern New York would likely see a mix of rain and snow because of the system, The Weather Channel said, before rain would hit northern New England.

A series of systems bearing rain and snow was expected to start moving across the Pacific Northwest and Northern California, the forecasters said.

'Widespread rains'

The National Weather Service issued flash flood watches for parts several states.