Thunderstorms Over The Lower Mississippi Valley
Undated (AP) _ Thunderstorms developed across the lower Mississippi Valley on Monday and rain spread northward into the upper Midwest.
Thunderstorms at midday reached from eastern Texas across Louisiana, Mississippi, eastern Arkansas, southeastern Missouri, southern Illinois, western Kentucky and western Tennessee.
Lake Charles, La., got 2.70 inches of rain in an hour, causing local flooding, the National Weather Service said.
Heavier rainfall during the six hours up to 1 p.m. EST in Louisiana included 1.46 inches at Baton Rouge, 1.30 at Leesville, 1.27 at Dyersburg and 1.27 at Lafayette. In Arkansas, Blytheville got 1.13 inches in the same period.
For central Louisiana, the thunderstorms provided the area’s first significant rainfall since mid-September. Alexandria got 1.68 inches in the six-hour period.
Wind gusted to 35 mph at Baton Rouge and hail three-quarters of an inch thick fell near Lake Charles.
North of the thunderstorms, rain extended from northeastern Missouri across eastern Iowa into Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota.
In southern Oklahoma, cleanup began in the aftermath of storms bearing wind of 35 to 50 mph that ripped part of a roof from a high school gymnasium in Lone Grove and damaged some businesses in the town of Madill. No injuries were reported in the Sunday evening storm. Lone Grove Superintendent Ron Schnee said damage to the school was estimated at $300,000 to $500,000.
During the early afternoon Monday, Corpus Christi, Texas, reached 91 degrees, breaking the previous record for the date of 90, set in 1937.
Temperatures around the nation at 2 p.m. EST ranged from 35 degrees at Hibbing, Minn., to 94 at Junction, Texas. The low for the day was 15 degrees at Gunnison, Colo.
For Tuesday, rain showers and thunderstorms were forecast from northern Florida across Alabama, Georgia, eastern Tennessee and the Carolinas. Rain showers also were forecast from eastern Kentucky across the Virginias and north over New York state, Ohio and eastern Michigan.
Highs only in the 40s were predicted over Upper Michigan, northern Wisconsin, Minnesota and eastern North Dakota; in the 50s from northern New England across the Ohio Valley, the remainder of the Great Lakes, the remainder of the upper half of the Mississippi Valley, the remainder of the northern half of the Plains, and the northern Plateau; in the 80s over Florida and southern Texas; from the 80s to the mid 90s through the desert Southwest; and generally in the 60s and 70s elsewhere.