Floods Hit 2 Towns in Okla.
Thunderstorms blew through the central Appalachians today, felling trees and power lines, and residents of two Oklahoma communities began evacuating after heavy rain sent a stream out of its banks.
North of Tulsa, Okla., civil defense officials evacuated residents of Avant and Skiatook as Bird Creek rose out of its banks. Between six and seven inches of rain had fallen in 24 hours.
The National Weather Service said Bird Creek could rise to 10 to 11 feet above its banks at nearby Barnsdall and could also cut off access to Avant, a town of 439.
Wet weekend weather also led to lowland flooding today along the Rio Grande in Colorado and a flood watch was posted.
Numerous power outages and fallen trees were reported across Kentucky after wind gusted to as high as 60 m.p.h. during early morning thunderstorms.