MONROE, Mich. — Severe storms that brought damaging winds, heavy rain and flash flooding to parts of the Midwest and South are being blamed for the deaths of two children in Michigan and Arkansas.
Monday’s storms also knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in Michigan and Indiana.
In the city of Monroe, Michigan, a 14-year-old girl was electrocuted Monday night in her backyard after coming into contact with a power line that was brought down by a thunderstorm, the department of public safety said. in a Facebook post.
The girl was with a friend and grabbed what she thought was a stick, but it turned out to be the power line, the department said.
In Arkansas, an 11-year-old boy has died after being swept down a storm drain during heavy rain Monday, authorities said.
A 47-year-old woman who tried to help the boy was also pulled from the drain and taken to a hospital for treatment, according to Bentonville police. Slow-moving thunderstorms brought heavy rain to the area Monday and caused localized flash flooding, the National Weather Service said.
The storms were widespread in Michigan and Indiana. Tree limbs and power lines fell as winds reached 58 mph (93 kph) at Battle Creek Executive Airport in Michigan and 60 mph (96 kph) in Huntington, southwest of Fort Wayne. , Indiana, the weather service reported. .
On Monday night, the governor of Mississippi. Tate Reeves said he was declaring a state of emergency after excessive rains exacerbated problems at one of Jackson’s water treatment plants and caused low water pressure in much of the capital city. A swollen Pearl River caused flooding in Jackson on Monday, days after storms dumped heavy rain.
The Mississippi flood was less severe than the flood that caused death and destruction in Kentucky last month. Those floods left at least 39 dead and stripped thousands of families of all their possessions. Nearly a month later, residents are torn between rebuilding where they call home or starting over elsewhere.