Violent remnants of Ike bring deaths, blackouts in Midwest
Now residents of the Midwest are suffering from the effects of Ike.
They are facing blackouts and flooded homes, and more than 2 million people could be affected.
The death toll has now risen to at least 39 in 10 different states.
As Ike faded and headed off toward the Northeast, combining with a weather system that arrived from the West, it dumped as much as 6 to 8 inches of rain on parts of Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri. It spawned a tornado in Arkansas that damaged several buildings, and delivered hurricane-force wind to Ohio, temporarily shutting down Cincinnati's main airport during the weekend. Missouri had widespread flooding, and high water on the Mississippi River was expected to close a riverfront street later this week in front of the famed Gateway Arch of St. Louis.
"We've got flash flooding all over the place," National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs said of Missouri.
"We've never had flooding like this," said Tom DeGiulio, town manager in Munster, Ind. About 40 Indiana National Guard troops were activated Sunday to help with the evacuation of as many as 5,000 residents there.
About 2 million homes and businesses across Ohio had no electricity yesterday, Governor Ted Strickland said as he declared a state of emergency, which allows the Ohio Department of Transportation to help communities remove debris from roads. He said it would take days to restore power in all areas of the state.
About 450 Ohio school districts canceled classes yesterday, and the blackouts shut down one-third of the state's traffic signals, officials said.
Missouri is expected to experience major flooding this week, and seven people have already died from flooding in Indiana.
It is unknown still what path Ike will take and how strong it will remain.
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