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Thunderstorms Dampen Gulf Coast

March 30, 1988

Undated (AP) _ Scattered showers and thunderstorms dampened a broad area from the Great Lakes to the lower Mississippi Valley today after 50-mph winds toppled a tree into a Louisiana mobile home, killing a 2-year-old boy.

Snow fell on northern Illinois, parts of Wisconsin, southeast Idaho and northwest Wyoming. One to 3 inches of snow was reported in southeast Wisconsin, and up to 2 inches at Rockford, Ill., late Tuesday.

The heaviest rainstorms were moving from western Alabama into southeast Louisiana on the heels of showers and thunderstorms that struck Louisiana on Tuesday afternoon and evening with high winds and a tornado.

The winds knocked a large tree into a mobile home near Bastrop in northeast Louisiana, pinning 2-year-old Orlando White and his 3-year-old sister, Shahonda, in a recliner chair, said Police Chief Stan Neathery.

Orlando died at a hospital, Neathery said. Shahonda was treated for leg injuries and released.

The tornado touched down in central Louisiana, near Bunkie, destroying two brick homes and injuring a 76-year-old woman.

″Things were hitting me from every side,″ said Ethel Middlebrooks, treated for cuts and bruises at a hospital. ″I said, ‘Thank you, Lord.’ He could have taken me, but he must have something planned for me.″

Today’s forecast called for showers and thunderstorms from southern and eastern Texas to the lower Mississippi Valley, Alabama, Tennessee, the upper Ohio Valley, and the Appalachian Mountains; snow showers over the northern and central Rockies and the northern High Plains; scattered rain showers in the Northwest, with snow showers in higher elevations and strong, gusty winds across much of the nation’s southwest quarter.

High temperatures were expected to be in the 50s or 60s in much of the nation; the 30s or 40s in the Northwest to the northern and central Rockies, the northern Plains and the upper Great Lakes; the 70s in east Tennessee and West Virginia and the 70s and low 80s from Southern California to southwest Texas and in much of the central Gulf Coast states and southern half of the Atlantic Coast.

Temperatures around the nation at 2 a.m. EST ranged from 6 degrees at West Yellowstone, Wyo., to 75 degrees at Key West, Fla.

Other reports:

-East: Atlanta 60 partly cloudy; Boston 36 fair; Buffalo 64 partly cloudy; Charleston, S.C. 60 cloudy; Cincinnati 45 showers; Cleveland 66 windy; Miami 73 fair; New York 41 fair; Philadelphia 41 fair; Pittsburgh 58 fair; Portland, Maine 27 fair; Washington 48 fair.

-Central: Bismarck 24 partly cloudy; Chicago 34 foggy; Dallas-Fort Worth 37 partly cloudy; Denver 31 fair; Des Moines 28 fair; Indianapolis 37 cloudy; Kansas City 34 fair; Minneapolis-St. Paul 26 fair; Nashville 42 cloudy; New Orleans 70 thunderstorms; St. Louis 33 fair.

-West: Albuquerque 37 fair; Anchorage 32 snow; Las Vegas 47 fair; Los Angeles 57 fair; Phoenix 57 fair; Salt Lake City 33 cloudy; San Diego 59 fair; San Francisco 48 fair.

-Canada: Montreal 36 cloudy; Toronto 45 fair.

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