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    Reports: Severe Storms, Flooding Columbus to Atlanta

    By Samantha-Rae Tuthill, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    April 22, 2013, 1:42:55 AM EDT

    UPDATE: As storms have temporarily quieted and reports have become infrequent, this live blog will no longer be updated. For the most recent information on the thunderstorms that will fire up later this afternoon, read A Thundery, Wet End to the Week in the East.


    Severe thunderstorms are rolling across portions of the Midwest, slamming cities from Louisiana through Ohio and Indiana. Conditions are prime for tornadoes and dangerously large hail.

    Areas of flooding and mudslides are have been reported in Iowa as high winds whip through parts of Tennessee and Alabama. Meanwhile, power outages have been reported throughout Illinois and Kentucky.


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    Updates

    6:26 a.m. CDT Friday: Significant rain totals are leading to major flooding concerns.


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    The Ottumwa Industrial Airport in Iowa has recorded 5.89 inches of rain, with 5.56 inches recorded at Chicago's O'Hare, 5.54 inches at Indianapolis International Airport and 4.77 inches in Iowa City.

    6:08 a.m. CDT Friday: Flooding and high winds continue to affect areas in the system's path: Severe Weather Center

    4:01 a.m. CDT Friday: Whitley County, Ind., has received 3.51 inches of rain since 1 p.m. Thursday. Numerous county roads have been reportedly flooded.

    3:57 a.m. CDT Friday: It's been reported that mobile homes were evacuated in Zionsville, Ind., with chest-high floodwaters in the area.

    2:30 a.m. CDT Friday: The threat for damaging winds continues in central Tennessee and northern Alabama. Farther north, flooding remains an issue in and around Indianapolis but thankfully rain is about to end.

    1:25 a.m. CDT Friday: While most of the thunderstorms rumbling eastward remain below severe limits, a few in Tennessee and northern Alabama can produce damaging winds.

    11:00 p.m. CDT Thursday: The last tornado watch has expired as storms have weakened. Overnight, storms can still produce gusty winds although widespread severe weather is not anticipated.

    8:35 p.m. CDT Thursday: Power outages have been reported in the Water Valley and Pilot Oak areas of Kentucky.

    7:45 p.m. CDT Thursday: Near Belleville, Ill., 5.65 inches or rain were reported.

    7:20 p.m. CDT Thursday: Ameren electric company's website reports nearly 3,000 homes without power in Illinois.

    6:30 p.m. CDT Thursday: Cars drive down flooded Hart Road in Barrington, Ill. The photograph was taken by Twitter user CaptTomLekai.


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    5:37 p.m. CDT Thursday: West of Greencastle, Ind., numerous roads are flooded.

    5:22 p.m. CDT Thursday: A brief tornado crossed Highway 61 in Nitta Yuma, Miss.

    5:05 p.m. CDT Thursday: Flooding in Alma, Mich., over-topped the Superior Street bridge. A shelter has been set up at a local church for residents affected by the flooding.

    4:48 p.m. CDT Thursday: Carlyle, Ill., reported 3 inches of rain. Rain continues to fall and record flooding is forecast for areas along the Illinois River.

    3:28 p.m. CDT Thursday: A tornado was reported by a spotter moving into the Greenville, Miss., area.

    3:07 p.m. CDT Thursday: A few miles south southwest of Crossett, Ariz., winds downed trees along Highway 133.

    2:00 p.m. CDT Thursday: Winds knocked down a train crossing gate near Saginaw Rd. and M-21 in Lapeer, Mi. Power lines in the area are also down.

    1:49 p.m. CDT Thursday: A funnel cloud made a brief touchdown 2 miles southwest of Royalton, Ill., according to the local emergency manager.

    1:20 p.m. CDT Thursday: Some heavy and gusty thunderstorms are hitting Michigan. Portions of Manhattan Drive and Beechwood are flooded in East Grand Rapids, Mich.

    12:59 p.m. CDT Thursday: Flash flooding reported in Greenville, Ill. Streets are flooded from curb to curb.

    12:51 p.m. CDT Thursday: Glen Ellyn, Ill. has received 6.81 inches of rain since 9:00 a.m. Wednesday.

    12:17 p.m. CDT Thursday: 4.38 inches of rain recorded in La Salle County, Ill.

    11:45 a.m. CDT Thursday: AccuWeather meteorologists believe that the greatest threat over Indiana for the next hour or two will be damaging winds. Tornado threats are more likely this afternoon as the storm system strengthens overhead. It is crucial that those in the storm's path immediately heed all watches and warnings.

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    11:21 a.m. CDT Thursday: Reports state that two water rescues occurred in Mountain Grove, Mo. Flash flooding was reported in the area.

    10:59 a.m. CDT Thursday: Flash flooding reported in Houston, Mo.

    10:26 a.m. CDT Thursday: Winds were estimated at 60 miles per hour in Newton County, Ind. Several power poles were knocked down between Meridan Road and 100W.

    9:42 a.m. CDT Thursday: Current rainfall in Cook, Ill., is just shy of 6 inches.

    9:12 a.m. CDT Thursday: Over 600 flights have been canceled in and out of Chicago with over 500 currently delayed. Severe weather in Dallas has delayed nearly 400 flights and canceled over 100.

    8:37 a.m. CDT Thursday: Rain totals for Chicago in the past 72 hours have exceeded 5 inches. The April average for the city is 3.38 inches. The total for June and July last summer was only 4.56 inches.

    8:22 a.m. CDT Thursday: Flooding on the I and M Canal in Utica, Ill., has resulted in a call for evacuation east of 178.

    7:50 a.m. CDT Thursday: Power lines and 15 power poles are reportedly down over Route 136 in Campaign, Ill.

    7:30 a.m. CDT Thursday: With over 3 inches of rain already today, low water crossings have flooded in Mayes, Okla.

    7 a.m. CDT Thursday: It's been reported by emergency management that numerous homes are being flooded in Fulton, Ill.

    6:48 a.m. CDT Thursday: Flooding concerns cause schools to close for the day in the Chicago suburbs of Lombard and Gurnee.

    6:43 a.m. CDT Thursday: Storms are moving towards Waco, Texas, which would bring welcomed rain to the fire-fighting efforts. However, gusty winds will also be coming in behind it. These winds could make the fire following the explosion even more difficult to contain.

    6:25 a.m. CDT Thursday: Parts of the Eden and Kennedy expressways in Chicago have been closed from flooding.

    6:03 a.m. CDT Thursday: A mudslide reportedly occurred near the University of Iowa early this morning.

    6 a.m. CDT Thursday: A bridge has collapsed from 48th Street over the Thornapple River in Kent, Mich., following reports of flooding in the area.

    5:15 a.m. CDT Thursday: Clinton, Iowa, reportedly has water standing at levels not seen since 1993. So far 5.1 inches of heavy rain have fallen.

    4:05 a.m. CDT Thursday: A line of gusty thunderstorms continued to move towards Dallas, Texas.

    3:40 a.m. CDT Thursday: Through the event thus far, Olin, Iowa, has received a total of 4.28 inches of rainfall. Moderate rain still continues.

    3:15 a.m. CDT Thursday: A line of thunderstorms moving through San Angleo, Texas, has produced damaging wind gusts over 50 mph. Downed power lines and tree limbs were reported after the storm.

    3:00 a.m. CDT Thursday: This was the radar over the state of Missouri, after a tornado that moved just south of Joplin, Mo., was downgraded to a severe thunderstorm as it moved towards Springfield.

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    2:07 a.m. CDT Thursday: A tornado warning was issued for a tornado on the ground in southwestern Missouri, just south of Joplin. The storm was also producing hail up to 1 inch in diameter.

    2:00 a.m. CDT Thursday: Excessive rain lead to flooding in Chicago, reported on the Dan Ryan Expessway.

    1:30 a.m. CDT Thursday: A funnel cloud was reported on the ground in Mayes County, Okla.

    1:04 a.m. CDT Thursday: Severe thunderstorm containing a tornado is moving through Mayes and Delaware counties in northeastern Oklahoma.

    12:30 a.m. CDT Thursday: A line of thunderstorms began to develop northwest of Abilene, Texas, bringing the potential for quarter-sized hail and damaging winds.

    11:50 p.m. CDT Wednesday: A thunderstorm in Tulsa County, Okla., (just south of the city) reportedly dropped hail 1 inch in diameter and had gusty winds that brought down large tree limbs.

    10:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Half-inch hail reported in a thunderstorm just north of Concordia, Kan.

    10:07 p.m. CDT Wednesday: After 2.5 inches of rain in the past 24 hours in Polo, Ill., flooding was reported with a creek overflowing its banks.

    9:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Hail ranging from the size of half dollars to golf balls was reported in Cotton County, Okla.

    8:40 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Some residents in the town of Roanoke, Ill., are being evacuated due to flash flooding.

    8:13 p.m. CDT Wednesday: A tornado was report to be on the ground in northern Wilbarger County, Texas, by storm spotters.

    7:45 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Highway 151 north of Clarence, Mo., is flooded, and the water is too deep for vehicles to pass.

    7:31 p.m. CDT Wednesday: A funnel cloud located 1 mile north of Payson, Ill., was reported by the local news.

    7:20 p.m. CDT Wednesday: A flash flood 2 miles north of New Cambria, Mo., left Highway Z impassable, according to local law enforcement.

    7:11 p.m. CDT Wednesday: The tornado in Lawton, Okla., is confirmed. A Goodyear plant was damaged, but no injuries have been reported.

    6:47 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Unconfirmed report of a funnel cloud near Adams County, Ill., moving toward the Quincy area.

    6:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday: An amateur radio tower and a 25-foot-tall, 8-inch-diameter tree blown down in Monroe City, Mo.

    6:21 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Oklahoma City Airport has dropped a total of 19 degrees in an hour. At 5:00 p.m. CDT, the airport was 76 degrees F. By 6:00 p.m., it had dropped to only 57 F.

    6:12 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Strong winds blew a roof off a mobile home near Paris, Mo., in Monroe County.

    6:02 p.m. CDT Wednesday: 2.5-inch hail reported in Boone County, Mo.

    5:55 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Golfball-sized hail reported in Jackson County, Okla., and Boone County, Mo.

    5:52 p.m. CDT Wednesday: "Thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes will continue to develop near the stationary boundary across southwestern Oklahoma and far northern Texas," AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Erik Pindrock said. "These will eventually move northeastward toward Oklahoma City over the next few hours."

    5:15 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Reports of a wall cloud with rotation formed between Jamestown and Clarksburg, Mo. Golf ball-sized hail reported in the area.

    5:10 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Unconfirmed report of a funnel cloud in High Point, Mo.

    4:35 p.m. CDT Wednesday: 2-inch hail recorded in Nashville, Ind.

    4:13 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Hail falling across various Midwest states; 1.25-inch hail reported near Brooklyn, Ill., and 1-inch hail in Cowden, Okla., and near Inman, Kan.

    3:50 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Between 2 and 3 inches of standing water reported on northbound lanes on Route 53 between Wilmington and Elwood, Ill., due to heavy rainfall.

    3:10 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Flash flooding reported in Macomb, Ill. One foot of water on roads with rain still falling.

    3:05 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Hail is covering Interstate 70 near mile marker 187. Fallen hail caused icy conditions on the road. Slide-offs and one overturned vehicle reported.

    2:25 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Two severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes are moving across southwestern Oklahoma. Click here to view the Oklahoma radar.

    1:56 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Heavy rain still falling in Sterling, Ill.; 1.2 inches have already been reported.

    1:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Quarter-sized hail fell in Crystal Lake, Ill., located less than 50 miles northwest of Chicago just before 1:15 p.m. CDT Wednesday.

    1:00 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Severe storms are firing farther south and west across Kansas and western Oklahoma. Quarter-sized hail was reported near Buttermilk, Kan., at 12:40 p.m. CDT Wednesday.

    11:30 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Several reports of flooding in Kane, Ill.: Streets are completely flooded at the intersection of Route 47 and Plato Road, Sandbloom Road and Bolz Road report water rushing over the roadways, and standing water at Route 72 and Randall Road.

    11:19 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Hail up to 0.75 of an inch fell in Cook, Ill.

    10:37 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Half-inch hail reported in Johnson, Iowa.

    9:46 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Over 200 flights delayed out of Chicago due to thunderstorms.

    8:50 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Isonville Elementary School in Elliott, Ky., was evacuated as the flooded creek behind the school presented water threats.

    8:45 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Quarter-inch hail lasted for 10 minutes in Clinton, Iowa.

    7:20 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Dime-sized hail covered the ground in Vermilion, Ill.

    6:18 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Minor roadway flooding reported in Kentucky between the towns of Millersburg and Paris.

    4:15 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Hail, 0.75 of an inch in diameter, fell for about 5 minutes in Fillmore, Neb. It covered the ground about an inch deep.

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