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Snow Warnings in West; Flood Watch in Michigan

September 9, 1985

Undated (AP) _ Snow-prompted travelers’ advisories were posted for some mountain ranges of California and flash flood watches were in effect for parts of Michigan today after heavy thunderstorms drenched the nation’s midsection and lightning claimed two lives in Illinois.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms spread across the Great Lakes region, Minnesota and South Dakota.

A flash flood watch was posted in central and southern Michigan after thunderstorms Sunday afternoon and evening dumped as much as 3 inches of rain on some areas.

Strong thunderstorms also rumbled across Oklahoma, Kansas and the lower Mississippi Valley.

Cool and wet weather settled in along much of the Pacific Coast and heavy rains drenched southwestern Idaho, where Marsing had nearly 2 inches of rain overnight.

Severe thunderstorms smacked southern Michigan for a third straight day, dousing Flint with more than 3 inches of heavy rain that sent the swollen Flint River over its banks.

Flint was hit Friday by the worst flooding in the city’s history and new flooding was reported Sunday in Genesee and Lapeer counties. The Flint River, with a flood stage of 11 feet, topped the 15.3-foot mark at 11:30 p.m., said Dan Houser, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Ann Arbor.

Thunderstorms also caused widespread power outages. Detroit Edison Co. spokeswoman Lorie Kessler said about 15,000 electricity customers were without power early today. About half were in western Wayne County, she said.

Some 5,234 Consumers Power Co. customers remained without power today, said company spokesman Michael Koschik. About 17,800 Consumers’ customers throughout the state, mainly in the Kalamazoo area, were affected by the storms, he said.

Lightning killed two people in McHenry County, Ill., on Sunday and injured eight others, authorities said.

One man was killed at the Crystal Woods Golf Course and seven others were hospitalized; and a man died after lightning struck a soccer field goal post in McHenry, where he was playing soccer with 21 other people, injuring one of them seriously enough to be hospitalized.

A travelers’ advisory was issued for the Tahoe Basin and for the Sierra Nevada from Yosemite Park northward. Several inches of snow fell at higher elevations around Lake Tahoe Sunday and snow levels were expected to lower to around 6,000 feet today.

Today’s forecast called for rain and thunderstorms scattered across southern Florida, Mississippi and the central Gulf of Mexico Coast and from southern New England across the Great Lakes and upper Ohio Valley; and scattered showers across western Montana and the Pacific Coast with rain changing to show over the higher mountains.

Highs will be in the 60s across northern New England, northern Michigan, Minnesota, the northern Plains and from the Pacific Northwest across northern California into the Great Basin; and upper 80s to 90s from Maryland and the upper Ohio Valley through the Gulf of Mexico Coast, Tennessee Valley, lower Mississippi Valley and southern Plains as well as the desert Southwest.

Temperatures around the nation at 3 a.m. EDT ranged from 41 degrees at Klamath Falls, Ore., to 84 at Corpus Christi and Dallas, Texas.

Other reports:

-East: Atlanta 73 foggy; Boston 74 fair; Buffalo 71 showery; Charleston, S.C., 76 fair; Cincinnati 73 foggy; Cleveland 70 cloudy; Detroit 70 foggy; Miami 80 fair; New York 71 fair; Philadelphia 72 foggy; Pittsburgh 68 hazy; Portland 60 fair; Washington 77 foggy.

-Central: Bismarck 50 fair; Chicago 72 fair; Dallas-Fort Worth 84 fair; Denver 57 fair; Des Moines 66 cloudy; Indianapolis 70 partly cloudy; Kansas City 66 fair; Minneapolis-St. Paul 63 cloudy; Nashville 73 fair; New Orleans 73 partly cloudy; St. Louis 79 fair.

-West: Albuquerque 64 fair; Anchorage 53 partly cloudy; Las Vegas 77 fair; Los Angeles 67 fair; Phoenix 78 fair; Salt Lake City 66 fair; San Diego 70 partly cloudy; San Francisco 59 partly cloudy.

-Canada: Montreal 59 fair; Toronto 70 foggy.

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