REPORTS: Derecho, Flooding Ransack Central US

June 4, 2014; 11:45 PM ET
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With damaging winds, heavy rain that led to flooding and hail as large as baseballs in some locations, a complex of severe thunderstorms slammed the Plains and Midwest earlier in the week.

Power was knocked out to thousands across Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. Flooding extended into Tennessee and Kentucky.

Some residents even required rescues from stranded vehicles on the roadways, or from homes damaged by fallen trees.

For current updates on the continuing storms, visit our live blog.


REPORTS:

11:57 p.m. CDT Thursday: A 63-mph wind gust was clocked 5 miles east of Claremore, Oklahoma, reports storm chaser.

11:46 p.m. CDT Thursday: Severe storms fire up near Macon, Georgia.

11:26 p.m. CDT Thursday: MesoWest reports, 1.62 inches of rain fell in one hour, 4 miles southeast of Ramona, Oklahoma.

11:19 p.m. CDT Thursday: Disaster relief continues in parts of Arkansas and Mississippi.

11:00 p.m. CDT Thursday: More than 1,100 Westar Energy customers in Kansas are without service at this time, the utility reported.

10:45 p.m. CDT Thursday: Storms building across eastern Colorado.

10:10 p.m. CDT Thursday: Hen-egg-sized hail fell 13 miles west of Lamar, Colorado, reports storm chaser.

10:00 p.m. CDT Thursday: More than 13,000 Memphis Light, Gas and Water customers without electricity, the utility reports.

9:29 p.m. CDT Thursday: 19,000 Atlanta-area customers are without electricity, Georgia Power reports.

9:15 p.m. CDT Thursday: As storms pass Atlanta:

9:10 p.m. CDT Thursday: 0.60 of an inch of rain fell in one hour at the South River at Forest Park Road at Atlanta.

8:35 p.m. CDT Thursday: Stormy skies over Atlanta.

(Twitter Photo/ @ChansityO)

8:05 p.m. CDT Thursday: Storms just rolled through Atlanta with wind gusts recorded at the airport of 52 mph, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Edwards said.

7:25 p.m. CDT Thursday: Hail totaling 1 inch in diameter reported near Centennial, Colorado.

6:35 p.m. CDT Thursday: Three reported dead due to storms Thursday in the South, reports the Associated Press.

6:15 p.m. CDT Thursday:

6:05 p.m. CDT Thursday:

6:00 p.m. CDT Thursday: Hail in Matheson, Colorado, totaling 1-2 inches deep on roadways, reports NWS spotter.

6:00 p.m. CDT Thursday: Holly Pond, Alabama:

5:50 p.m. CDT Thursday:

5:44 p.m. CDT Thursday:

5:35 p.m. CDT Thursday: NWS reports one person was killed due to a downed tree because of high winds in Black Rock, Arkansas, Thursday.

5:05 p.m. CDT Thursday: Wind gusts up to 80 mph reported in Madison, Alabama, reports NWS spotter.

4:40 p.m. CDT Thursday: Golf ball-sized hail reported near Jasper, Minnesota, reports NWS spotter.

4:40 p.m. CDT Thursday:

4:30 p.m. CDT Thursday: Pingpong ball-sized hail reported near Spirit Lake, Iowa, reports NWS spotter.

4:15 p.m. CDT Thursday: Hail of 2 inches in diameter reported in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, reports NWS employee.

2:45 p.m. CDT Thursday: Watch the latest edition of AccuWeather LIVE now:

2:32 p.m. CDT Thursday:

1:35 p.m. CDT Thursday: Due to wind in Black Rock, Arkansas, downed trees on van traps several passengers with a possible fatality and blocks highway 63, reports law enforcement.

12:55 p.m. CDT Thursday: More than 12,000 Entergy customers without power in Arkansas.

12:38 p.m. CDT Thursday: The post office in Brandsville, Missouri, reports trees down, wind gusts between 50 and 60 mph.

11:55 a.m. CDT Thursday:

11:36 a.m. CDT Thursday: More than 12,600 are without power in Kansas as strong winds reportedly topple power lines in some eastern counties.

11:00 a.m. CDT Thursday: Watch the latest storm updates in our new edition of AccuWeather LIVE:

10:37 a.m. CDT Thursday: An emergency manager in Denton, Kansas, reports a 60-mph wind gust.

10:08 a.m. CDT Thursday: An emergency manager in Stone County, Missouri, reports downed trees and power lines blocking roadways.

9:28 a.m. CDT Thursday: Multiple roads across northern Missouri are closed from flooding, according to MoDot.

(Map/MoDot)

9:05 a.m. CDT Thursday: Mesonet reports 7.45 inches of rain for Perry County, Tennessee, from these storms.

8:40 a.m. CDT Thursday: More than 5,300 Westar customers are currently without power in Kansas.

8:00 a.m. CDT Thursday: Street flooding around Wichita, Kansas.

Flooding captured in the Wichita, Kan., area early Thursday morning. (Instagram Video/browni8727).

7:20 a.m CDT Thursday: Thunderstorms continue to blast Kansas with high winds and hail. Gusts of 60 mph were reported by law enforcement in Eureka, Kansas. Meanwhile, the storms are unleashing torrential rain. Hillsboro and McPherson, Kansas, have recorded 2.53 inches and 2.62 inches of rain, respectively.

6:30 a.m. CDT Thursday: A trained spotter reported golf ball-sized hail near Clearwater, Kansas.

6:05 a.m. CDT Thursday: An NWS employee reported quarter-sized hail covering the ground in West Wichita, Kansas.

5:45 a.m. CDT Thursday: Yet another dangerous thunderstorm complex is unfolding in the Plains. Winds as high as 76 mph and hail larger than baseballs have been spawned by the storms in Kansas early Thursday morning. The most violent storms will track well south of I-70.

4:35 a.m. CDT Thursday: Storms still cutting through middle Tennessee.

3:45 a.m. CDT Thursday: Updated total: 6.89 inches of rain has fallen since 1 a.m. CDT Thursday at Centerville, Tennessee, reports Mesonet.

3:30 a.m. CDT Thursday: Golf ball-sized hail fell at Jenkins, Missouri, reports NWS spotter.

3:00 a.m. CDT Thursday: Flooding in McDowell County, West Virginia.

2:53 a.m. CDT Thursday: 1.54 inches of rain fell in one hour at Columbia, Tennessee, according to Mesonet.

2:40 a.m. CDT Thursday: About 3,600 Kentucky customers without electricity, utilities report.

2:09 a.m. CDT Thursday: About 2,300 Clarksville, Tennessee, power customers are without service, CDE Lightband reports.

1:59 a.m. CDT Thursday: 2.82 inches of rain fell in three hours at Mount Vernon, Missouri, reports Mesonet.

1:38 a.m. CDT Thursday: Floodwaters threatening homes, also flooded roads in Van Lear, Kentucky, reports 911 call center.

1:33 a.m. CDT Thursday: 3.55 inches of rain fell in 15 mins at Centerville, Tennessee, according to Mesonet.

1:23 a.m. CDT Thursday: 1.83 inches of rain has fallen since 10:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday at Clarks River near Murray, Kentucky, reports Mesonet.

12:51 a.m. CDT Thursday: More than 4,800 Maryland power customers without electricity, utilities report. Another 2,800 customers in Virginia and about 2,800 in West Virginia were without service.

12:37 a.m. CDT Thursday: 2.34 inches of rain fell in two hours at Canton, Kentucky, reports Mesonet.

12:05 a.m. CDT Thursday: 1.69 inches of rain in one hour fell at Port Royal, Tennessee, reports Mesonet.

11:23 p.m. CDT Wednesday: 1.67 inches of rain fell in 50 minutes at Clarksville, Tennessee, reports Mesonet.

11:14 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Water rescues with residents trapped in homes at Lowes, Kentucky, reports fire department.

10:40 p.m. CDT Wednesday: 4.00 inches of rain fell one mile south of Lone Oak, Kentucky, emergency management reports.

10:40 p.m. CDT Wednesday: 2.58 inches of rain fell in 80 minutes at West Paducah, Kentucky, reports NWS co-op observer.

10:35 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Severe weather threat will be especially high for the next several hours across northern Tennessee and southern Missouri, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Jordan Root said.

10:31 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Flooded roads from flash flooding occurring in Paducah, Kentucky, reports NWS spotter.

10:27 p.m. CDT Wednesday: 1.06 inches of rain in 15 minutes near Pembroke, Kentucky, reports NWS spotter.

10:20 p.m. CDT Wednesday: 70 mph gust clocked five miles northeast of Elkton, Kentucky, reports NWS spotter.

10:19 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Power outages in Kevil and Caledonia, Kentucky, report NWS spotters.

10:08 p.m. CDT Wednesday: 1.2 inches of rain fell in one hour at Lexington, Kentucky, reports Mesonet.

10:00 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Flash flooding with possible hazardous driving near Paducah, Kentucky, reports Kentucky 511:

9:51 p.m. CDT Wednesday: More than 2,600 Ohio power customers without service at this time, utilities report.

9:40 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Possible large rain-wrapped tornado still on the ground near Elkton, Trenton and Guthrie, Kentucky.

9:36 p.m. CDT Wednesday:Motorists urged to use caution if they must travel tonight:

9:32 p.m. CDT Wednesday: More than 4,500 Kentucky power customers without service, utilities report.

8:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday:Tornado reported near Mortons Gap, Kentucky, moving Southeast near Nortonville, reports emergency management.

7:40 p.m. CDT Wednesday:

7:15 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Delayed Report: A multi-vortex tornado touched down near Providence, Kentucky, for 2 minutes, reports a NWS spotter.

7:04 p.m. CDT Wednesday: A large rain-wrapped tornado was reported near Wheatcroft, Kentucky, reports NWS trained spotter.

6:44 p.m CDT Wednesday:Flooding reported along parts of Illinois State routes 1 and 13 near Omaha,IL, reports emergency management.

5:41 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Watch the latest edition of 'AccuWeather Live' for updates on the severe weather.

5:37 p.m. CDT Wednesday: One inch of rain accumulated in 30 minutes in Evansville, Indiana reports NWS spotter.

5:10 p.m. CDT Wednesday:Wind gusts of up to 60 mph seven miles southwest of Frankfort, Kentucky according to Mesonet.

4:40 p.m. CDT Wednesday: About 1.2 inches of rain accumulated in about 20 minutes in McLeansboro, Illinois, NWS spotter reports.

4:24 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Minor flash flooding throughout the community of Dalhgren, Illinois reports NWS spotter.

3:00 p.m. CDT Wednesday:

2:47 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Quarter-sized hail near Madison, West Virginia reports NWS spotter.

1:47 p.m. CDT Wednesday: "We're expecting severe thunderstorms to develop over the next couple of hours across the Ohio Valley from southeast Missouri through central Kentucky," said AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Edwards.

1:35 p.m. CDT Wednesday: The emergency manager in South Webster, Ohio reported three large trees downed, including one on a car as a result of thunderstorm wind damage.

11:35 a.m. CDT Wednesday: An NWS-trained spotter in Mount Ayr, Iowa, received so much rain that his rain gauge overflowed. A neighbor recorded more than 6 inches at his location.

10:55 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Watch 'AccuWeather LIVE' for the latest updates on the severe weather:

10:30 a.m. CDT Wednesday: More than 2 inches of rain has come down in Greenwood, Indiana, since 5 a.m., according to NWS-trained spotter.

10:06 a.m. CDT Wednesday:

9:33 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Hail has begun to fall in Brown County, Ohio, according to an NWS-trained spotter.

8:58 a.m. CDT Wednesday: More than 5,200 customers still without power in Missouri, according to Ameren.

8:39 a.m. CDT Wednesday: A 911 call center in Adair County reports 5.22 inches of rain.

8:10 a.m. CDT Wednesday: "Locally severe thunderstorms will continue to push eastward across the Ohio Valley into the early afternoon," said AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. "Later today the storms will split with one batch turning south, while a batch of heavy rain heads east."

7:32 a.m. CDT Wednesday: NWS-trained spotter reports 6 inches of total rainfall in Griswold, Iowa, from this storm.

6:55 a.m. CDT Wednesday: See the latest update on the severe storms and where they will take aim today in the 7 a.m. CDT edition of AccuWeather LIVE:

6:35 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Excessive delays now listed at the Omaha airport, with moderate delays listed in Des Moines, according to FlightStats.

5:52 a.m. CDT Wednesday: An NWS-trained spotter in Hancock County, Illinois, reports 1.97 inches of rain since the storms began.

5:20 a.m. CDT Wednesday: A Severe Weather Watch is in effect from eastern Missouri to western Illinois, including St. Lois, via the NWS.

(Map/NOAA)

4:58 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Trees, power lines down on homes with entrapment in Columbia, Missouri, according to Columbia police scanner.

4:49 a.m. CDT Wednesday: 1.51 inches of rain fell in Columbia, Missouri, since 3:10 a.m. CDT Wednesday, reports Mesonet.

4:30 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Almost 30,000 Missouri power customers, including 8,000 in the Independence area, are without service from storms, utilities report.

4:17 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Flooding on Nebraska Highway 15 between David City and Schuyler, emergency management reports.

4:11 a.m. CDT Wednesday: One inch of rain fell in one hour at Mattoon, Illinois, reports Mesonet.

4:08 a.m. CDT Wednesday: One inch of rain fell in one hour at Chesterville, Illinois, reports Mesonet.

4:03 a.m. CDT Wednesday: 1.51 inches of rain near Macon, Missouri, since 1:30 a.m. CDT Wednesday, reports Mesonet.

3:49 a.m. CDT Wednesday: One inch of rain fell in 47 minutes at Terre Haute, Indiana, according to Mesonet.

3:40 a.m. CDT Wednesday: More than 1,300 Terre Haute, Indiana, customers are without power, Duke Energy reports.

3:06 a.m. CDT Wednesday: More than 16,000 Missouri customers, mostly in the KCP&L area, are without electricity, utilities report.

3:03 a.m. CDT Wednesday: More than 5,200 Illinois customers are without power at this time, utilities report.

2:54 a.m. CDT Wednesday: 1.54 inches of rain fell since 12:30 a.m. CDT Wednesday at Brunswick, Missouri, Mesonet reports.

2:41 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Another round of drenching downpours and gusty winds is headed toward Kansas City, Missouri:

2:16 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Roads closed by flooding near Kirksville in northeast Missouri, reports Missouri DOT.

2:08 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Highway 156 closed by flooding at Plevna, Missouri, reports Missouri Department of Transportation.

1:51 a.m. CDT Wednesday: 60 mph gust at Latham, Illinois, fire station, reports emergency management.

1:49 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Storm total through 1 a.m. CDT Wednesday: 3.25 inches at Waverly, Nebraska, reports NWS spotter.

1:40 a.m. CDT Wednesday: 1 inch of rain fell in 45 minutes at Springfield, IL, reports NWS spotter.

1:38 a.m. CDT Wednesday: More than 1,600 Illinois power customers without service at this time, utilities report.

1:33 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Omaha, Nebraska, breaks 114-year-old June 3 rain record with 5.30 inches. The old record was 1.85 inches, set in 1890.

1:17 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Flooding occurred with vehicles stranded in St. Joseph, Missouri, reports 911 call center.

1:13 a.m. CDT Wednesday: 5.27 inches of rain fell from storms at Lamoni, IA, according to NWS observation.

1:09 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Flooding on roads occurred three miles north of Denton, Kansas, emergency management reported.

1:07 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Heat burst reported at Salina, Kansas. It went from 84 to 95 F in one hour with wind gusts to 43 mph.

1:05 a.m. CDT Wednesday: 3 inches of rain in 45 minutes in Agency, Missouri, reports NWS spotter.

12:58 a.m. CDT Wednesday: About 6,000 Iowa customers are without power, utilities report.

12:54 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Storm damage with road closure in Kansas:

12:48 a.m. CDT Wednesday: 60 mph gust clocked at Chillicothe, Missouri, reports NWS spotter.

12:43 a.m. CDT Wednesday: More than 8,000 customers without power in northern Missouri, utilities report.

12:35 a.m. CDT Wednesday: It was still raining, but Omaha, Nebraska, has picked up 5.12" of rain in eight hours (since 4:17 p.m. CDT Tuesday).

12:17 a.m. CDT Wednesday: 1.6 inches of rain in 20 to 30 mins, five miles north of Lancaster, Iowa, reports NWS spotter.

12:11 a.m. CDT Wednesday: More than 60 mph gusts clocked in Brown County, Illinois, reports law enforcement.

12:09 a.m. CDT Wednesday: 60 mph gust with power outages occurred at Bruning, Nebraska, reports NWS spotter.

12:07 a.m. CDT Wednesday: 65 mph gust clocked at Brimson, Missouri, emergency management reports.

12:04 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Possible tornado damage to a grain bin and an outbuilding three miles west of Denton, Kansas, emergency management reported.

12:00 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Funnel cloud spotted at 11:49 p.m. CDT Tuesday, nine miles north of Cameron, Missouri, reports law enforcement.

11:57 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Strong winds from decaying thunderstorms across north-central Kansas are producing "heat bursts" due to dry air below, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Jordan Root said. Russell, Kansas, dropped to 85 F at 10 p.m. CDT, but quickly rose to 92 F at 10:35 p.m. CDT. It was 93 F at 11:21 PM. Winds have gusted to 52 mph.

11:48 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Confirmed tornado three miles southwest of Denton, Kansas, at 11:35 p.m. CDT Tuesday, reports NWS spotter.

11:45 p.m. CDT Tuesday: 3,300 Nebraska customers from Kearney to Beatrice to Omaha are without power, utilities report.

11:32 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Highway and underpass flooding occurring in Grand Island, Nebraska, Hall County emergency management reports.

11:29 p.m. CDT Tuesday: 71 mph gust recorded at Quincy, Illinois, reports NWS spotter.

11:26 p.m. CDT Tuesday: 70 mph gust recorded two miles west of Hiawatha, Kansas, reports NWS spotter.

11:12 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Storms cause power outages in York, Nebraska:

11:05 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Golf-ball-sized hail fell at York, Nebraska, reports 911 call center.

10:49 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Numerous roads flooded at Maryville, Missouri, reports emergency management.

10:40 p.m. CDT Tuesday: About 6,000 Council Bluffs, Iowa, power customers without service, Mid-American Energy reports.

10:34 p.m. CDT Tuesday: 3.4 inches of rain four miles west of Memphis, Missouri, reports law enforcement.

10:31 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Golf-ball-sized hail three miles northwest of Boelus, Nebraska, reports NWS spotter.

10:19 p.m. CDT Tuesday:3,300 Omaha Public Power District customers are without power, the utility reported.

10:12 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Infrared satellite image of the storm system (Photo/NOAA):

10:10 p.m. CDT Tuesday: 3.5 inches of rain in three hours, four miles south-southwest of Crawford, Missouri, reports NWS spotter.

10:04 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Widespread wind damage across Knox County, Missouri, law enforcement reports.

10:02 p.m. CDT Tuesday: 70 mph gust with heavy tree damage north of La Plata, Missouri, emergency management reports.

9:54 p.m. CDT Tuesday: 76 mph wind gust at Beatrice, Nebraska, according to airport observation.

9:53 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Flash flooding in Mercer, Missouri, law enforcement reports.

9:47 p.m. CDT Tuesday: 70 mph gust one mile north of Beatrice, Nebraska, reports NWS spotter.

9:40 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Street flooding in Kirksville, Missouri, law enforcement reports.

9:37 p.m. CDT Tuesday: About 3,000 Omaha-area power customers without service from storms, utilities report.

9:32 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Omaha firefighters continue to check on residents:

9:29 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Water rescues in Omaha:

9:22 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Heavy rain at Florence, Nebraska:

9:20 p.m. CDT Tuesday: 4.57" of rain since 4:17 p.m. CDT Tuesday at Omaha, Nebraska, according to NWS observation.

9:13 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

9:08 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Golf-ball-sized hail at Broken Bow, Nebraska, reports NWS spotter.

8:40 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

8:30 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

8:18 p.m. CDT Tuesday: A 73 mph wind gust was reported near Hastings, Nebraska, NWS observation office reports.

8:02 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Stormy skies near Lincoln, Nebraska:

(Photo/Twitter User: Brad Pearl)

7:40 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Wind gusts up to 80 mph reported 10 miles northwest of Oshkosh, Nebraska, north of Highway 61, reports a NWS spotter.

7:27 p.m. CDT Tuesday: More than 1,880 Nebraska residents are without power, reports the Nebraska Public Power District.

7:25 p.m. CDT Tuesday: In Omaha, Nebraska, more than 4.1 inches of rain has fallen, reports NWS.

7:11 p.m. CDT Tuesday

7:06 p.m CDT Tuesday: Due to wind, trees downed on homes and several Adams County, Iowa, roads near Corning remain closed, reports emergency management.

6:45 p.m.CDT Tuesday:

6:16 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

6:12 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Council Bluffs, Iowa, was hit with 3 inches of rain in about one hour.

5:48 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Watch the latest edition of 'AccuWeather Live' now: Discussing dangerous storms moving across the central Plains.

5:31 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Law enforcement reported a tornado at 5:16 p.m. CDT crossing highway 281 between mile marker 102 and 103 in Greeley, Nebraska.

4:55 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Wind gusts of up to 80 mph in Crescent, Iowa reports NWS spotter.

4:44 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Strong winds, hail and rain in Omaha, Nebraska.

4:15 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

3:37 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Hail in Norfolk, Nebraska:

(Photo/ Facebook User: Brandy McDowell)

3:00 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Large hail in Norfolk, Nebraska:

2:49 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Baseball-sized hail in Norfolk, Nebraska, NWS spotter reports.

2:14 p.m. CDT Tuesday: A semi-truck was blown over just outside of Stuart, Nebraska.

(Photo/ Twitter User: David Ernesti - @Dernesti)

1:25 p.m. CDT Tuesday: NWS spotter reports golf ball-sized hail in Atkinson, Nebraska.

12:53 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

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