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Thunderstorms Drench East, Down Power Lines

June 10, 1996

Thunderstorms were scattered across the East on Monday, dumping more than 6 inches of rain on Florida and causing flooding in southern Virginia. In the West, melting snow sent rivers out of their banks in Montana.

The heaviest rain fell overnight in southern Florida, where Hollywood had street flooding after 5.35 inches of rain fell in the 24 hours up to 8 a.m.

Other 24-hour rainfall amounts in southern Florida included 6.29 at Fort Myers, 3.00 at Clewiston, 1.69 at Miami and 1.70 at Tavernier.

Severe thunderstorms produced at least two funnel clouds during the morning in southern Virginia, and high wind knocked down trees and power lines.

The storms also gave Virginia locally heavy rain, on top of saturating weekend rainfall, and flash flood watches were posted Monday in the Shenandoah Valley and the New River Valley.

Flooding closed about a dozen roads in Virginia’s Henry County, and water had risen into at least a dozen homes, said county public safety director Bennie Summerlin.

More thunderstorms moved across central and eastern Pennsylvania, and heavy rain fell along the coast of North Carolina.

Thunderstorms also were likely across the Ohio, Mississippi, and Tennessee River valleys.

In the West, a few thunderstorms developed across the Rocky Mountain states, generally producing lots of lightning and gusty wind but little rain.

Along the northern Rockies, melting mountain snow had pushed the Yellowstone River out of its banks at Livingston, Mont., and 40 homes had been evacuated, said Park County emergency service official Jim Woodhull.

Flood stage at Livingston is 8.0 feet but the river was at 9.6 feet and rising Monday, the National Weather Service said. It was not expected to crest until later in the week, officials said.

Flood warnings were posted elsewhere in Montana for sections of the Flathead, Bitterroot, Big Hole, Gallatin, Jefferson and Missouri rivers.

Monday’s temperatures around the Lower 48 states ranged from a morning low of 32 at Truckee, Calif., to an early afternoon reading of 100 at Needles, Calif. The highest heat index, the rating based on temperature and humidity, was 109 at St. Petersburg, Fla.

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