- Heavy flooding that hit several areas in Tennessee has already killed 15 people, including two baby twins.
- Humphreys County cities like Waverly and McEwen face an “extreme and catastrophic situation.”
- More than 30 people have been reported missing.
Heavy flooding in several areas in Tennessee has already killed 15 people, including two seven-month-old twin babies who were swept away from the apartment complex where they resided.
The babies were identified as Ryan and Rieligh Rigney and their bodies were later recovered by first responders, reported The Sun. Angie Caron, the twins’ grandmother, said floodwater caused by heavy rains this morning reached their home.
Tennessee floods kill twin babies
Caron said she was with her daughter, son-in-law, and four grandchildren when the flood of water suddenly struck. The mother was dragged away, but managed to get back to safety while the father held his four children. The force of the water tragically ripped the twins from his arms.
Another 13 people in Tennessee have died from the flooding and dozens are still missing. Humphreys County cities like Waverly and McEwen face an “extreme and catastrophic situation,” he stressed. “People are trapped in their homes and have no way out,” according to the AP.
Hundreds lose all their possessions
Kansas Klein, a business owner, watched in horror from a bridge Saturday morning as cars and entire houses were dragged down a highway in Waverly, a city of about 4,500 that Klein, 48, has called home for more. half of his life.
The scenes are devastating. Two girls holding a puppy and clinging to a wooden plank passed quickly, too fast for Klein and other bystanders to get out and grab them.
More than 30 people have been reported missing
After authorities told him to return, Klein returned a couple of hours later, shocked that the floodwaters had almost completely receded and horrified at the destruction he had left behind. “It was amazing how fast it came and how fast it went,” Klein said.
Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis told the media that more than 30 people have been reported missing. It was not immediately clear how many had lived in Brookside, located about 60 miles west of Nashville. Watch video here.
Four shelters were installed
Four shelters were set up Saturday night for residents whose homes were flooded, and a high school in McEwen was being used to reunite families. Telephone lines were cut during and after the storm, complicating search efforts, police said in a statement.
Telephone lines were cut during and after the storm, complicating search efforts, the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “There were people inside the houses sleeping and they woke up to their house moving like it was through the creek,” said Michael Pate, a McEwen resident.
Waverly’s couple, Cindy Dunn, 48, and her husband Jimmy, 49, were rescued from their attic by a team that used a bulldozer to reach them. “Hell. That’s what we had to go through, “Cindy Dunn told The Tennessean. Watch video here.
She said her husband woke her up on Saturday and told her that floodwaters had pushed her car into their backyard. Eventually, the water in their home rose to at least 6 feet high, forcing them to go to the attic. Dunn said the roof was not an option.
Warnings remain in effect
“My husband is dealing with cancer. He’s going through chemotherapy. And I am an amputee. So you couldn’t go anywhere besides the attic, ”Dunn said. Dunn said his house and neighboring houses “are gone.”
Flood warnings remained in effect through Monday morning for Duck River near Hurricane Mills in Humphreys County and Piney River near Vernon in Hickman County.
Cell phone out of service
Meteorologist Krissy Hurley, from the National Weather Service, told the newspaper that the area had received “about 20-25% of the total annual rainfall that this area receives in a year” in just one morning, AP reported.
Cell phone service was still out of service in Humphreys County early Sunday, but the Tennessee National Guard brought in mobile units in an attempt to restore service to parts of the city. With information from AP.
They order the evacuation of the US coastal zone due to Hurricane Henri and declare a state of emergency
Hurricane Henri has been heading towards the northeastern coasts of the United States since early Sunday morning, where evacuations were announced due to possible floods, blackouts and downed trees. Tropical storm force winds are expected to begin to be felt off the coast around 8 a.m.
Forecasts estimate that the center of the storm will pass just over the eastern tip of Long Island by noon, and authorities issued alerts from Connecticut to Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Two luxurious summer towns in upstate New York were also affected: the Hamptons and Fire Island.
US coastal zone evacuations ordered by Hurricane Henri
The first rains began to fall on Saturday night and it is predicted that they will accumulate 15 centimeters (6 inches) of water. There were huge puddles on the roads in New York City, and in the cities of Newark and Hoboken in New Jersey.
Residents of threatened areas rushed to buy food and gasoline on Saturday. In some houses facing the coast, people covered the windows with wooden boards and in other cases they evacuated the area, according to AP.
Requests from the authorities to evacuate
People on Fire Island, on the southern tip of Long Island, received orders from authorities to evacuate. The last boats left there before 11 pm on Saturday and rescuers warned that whoever remained could be isolated.
Due to the possibility of bad weather Saturday night, a superstars concert in Manhattan’s Central Park was canceled. Thousands of people were surprised when, in the middle of Barry Manilow’s presentation, all was silent and dark, after which it began to rain.