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Heavy Rain In Illinois And Indiana

September 1, 1989

Undated (AP) _ Thunderstorms developing ahead of a cold front dropped up to 8 inches of rain Friday and whipped up damaging wind in parts of the Midwest, and rain was scattered from the Plains to the Southeast.

Storms in Indiana knocked out power, flooded streets and routed more than 100 migrant workers from their temporary homes. Three people were injured, none seriously, in Pulaski County when high wind overturned a mobile home. About 40 homes were damaged in Pulaski and neighboring Fulton County.

The heaviest rain fell near Kokomo, Ind., where gauges topped out at between 6 and 8 inches, said meteorologist Ed Price of the National Weather Service.

″This rain sort of came as a big surprise,″ said Brian Reichart, vice president of Red Gold Inc., a tomato canning company at Orestes, Ind.

He said flooding forced about 100 migrant workers and 30 children from a camp early Friday; they were taken to the canning factory nearby and later moved to a Red Cross shelter.

″We had some scared little kids,″ Reichart said. He said it probably would be several days before the migrant camp and the canning factory could reopen.

Schools in Elwood and other Indiana communities were closed, and some classes at Ball State University in Muncie were canceled because of flooded buildings.

At Kokomo, workers at several Delco Electronics Corp. plants were sent home because the plants were flooded, and Public Service Indiana said power was out to almost one-third of the city, including a Chrysler plant.

Nearly 3 inches of rain fell at Springfield, Ill., during the morning, close to the amount of rain normally received there during the entire month of September.

Heavier rainfall totals for the 6 hours up to 2 p.m. EDT included 2.08 inches at Indianapolis; 1.76 inches at Dayton, Ohio; and 1.13 inches at Alpena, Mich.

The cold front bulged southward and showers and thunderstorms also developed ahead of it from the Texas Panhandle through southern Kansas, southern Missouri, and southern sections of the Ohio Valley.

Showers and thunderstorms also were scattered across Florida and across Alabama into eastern Tennessee.

Elsewhere, rain was scattered over northern New England and Washington state.

Afternoon temperatures were only in the 60s along the Pacific Coast, in the Northwest and northern Rockies, the upper Mississippi Valley, the Great Lakes and northern New England.

Temperatures around the nation at 3 p.m. EDT ranged from 54 degrees at Caribou and Houlton, Maine, to 103 at Phoenix. Friday’s low for the Lower 48 states was 24 at Pinedale, Wyo.

Pocatello, Idaho, chilled to a record low of 38 degrees.

For Saturday, scattered showers and thunderstorms were forecast from the lower Mississippi Valley and eastern Gulf Coast states to New England and the lower Great Lakes. Scattered showers and thunderstorms also were forecast from the northern high Plains to the northern Pacific Coast. A few showers and thunderstorms were forecast for the southern and central high Plains region.

Highs in the upper 60s and 70s were predicted from the upper Mississippi Valley through the Great Lakes region to northern New England, across most of the Pacific Coast; in the 90s from the southern Atlantic Coast to the southern high Plains; in the 90s or above 100 in the desert Southwest and central valleys of California, parts of central Texas; and in the 80s in most of the rest of the nation.

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