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Flood toll rises in Kentucky, where more thunderstorms are expected

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Hundreds of people are still missing and the death toll will rise to 30, Governor Andy Beshear warned, adding that victims who have been found have not yet been added to the count.

More than 12,000 customers remain without electricity, often because their homes or businesses have been destroyed or are now uninhabitable. The shelters accommodate at least 300 victims.

Flooding swept through last week when about 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain fell in just 48 hours across portions of eastern Kentucky, southern West Virginia and western Virginia.

Weather radars indicate that about ten centimeters of rain fell on Sunday, and the National Weather Service of the United States warned that downpours and thunderstorms slowly rolling over the region could cause further flash flooding by Tuesday morning.

Beshear Monday. High winds are just as worrying, think how saturated the ground is, it could rip poles off, it could uproot trees, so people have to be careful. And it’s gonna be even worse when the rain stops. It’s going to be very hot, and we need to make sure people are back on their feet by then.”,”text”:”As if things weren’t bad enough for people in this area, they’re raining on it right now, Beshear said Monday. High winds are just as worrying, think how saturated the ground is, it could rip poles off, it could uproot trees, so people have to be careful. And it’s gonna be even worse when the rain stops. It’s going to be very hot, and we have to make sure that people are on their feet by then.”}}”>As if things weren’t bad enough for people in that area, it’s raining on them right now, Beshear said Monday. High winds are just as worrying, think how saturated the ground is, it could rip poles off, it could uproot trees, so people have to be careful. And it’s gonna be even worse when the rain stops. It’s going to be very hot, and we have to make sure that people are on their feet by then.

Mr. Beshear visited the disaster area on Sunday. He rejoiced to see neighbors helping each other.

They are extraordinary people. They suffer, but they are strong. It’s amazing to see them help each other, even when they’ve lost everything. »

A quote from Andy Beshear, Governor of Kentucky

National Guard support

A National Guard leader, Gen. Daniel Hokanson, told The Associated Press on Sunday that about 400 people were rescued by helicopter. He estimated that the response of the rescuers was going really well, given the circumstances.

Nightly curfews were imposed in response to possible acts of looting in two devastated communities, Breathitt County and the nearby town of Hindman, Knott County.

A curfew has been imposed between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. in Breathitt County. Only emergency vehicles, first aiders and people traveling to work are exempt.

A truck drives down a water-covered street.

A truck drives on a flooded road in Breathitt County, Kentucky. More rains are expected, and the flood toll could rise further.

Photo: Associated Press/Ryan C. Hermens

In Hindman, the curfew is in effect between sunset and sunrise, according to local press, due excessive looting.

President Joe Biden declared a federal disaster last week to release emergency funds for flooded counties. Leaders of the Federal Emergency Management Agency United States were also dispatched to the scene.

Western states also affected by rains

Elsewhere, roads that provide access to Death Valley National Park have been closed after flooding in flash floods that also hit western Nevada and northern Arizona.

The US National Weather Service reports that 2.5 centimeters of rain fell in 15 minutes on Sunday near Kingman, Arizona, near the California border.

Roads were also damaged in southern California near the Mojave National Preserve and motorists were advised to avoid the area.

In the mountainous region east of Los Angeles, on the edge of the San Bernardino National Forest, roads were blocked by mudslides that washed away trees and rocks near the town of Yucaipa.

Further thunderstorms were possible on Monday.

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