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Storms bring rain, flooding to parts of United States

By AP | Last updated: Aug 15, 2017 - 12:44:07 PM

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Thunderstorms were forecast to bring another round of heavy rain to parts of western Oklahoma, and low-lying areas of Oklahoma and Arkansas were experiencing flooding due to thunderstorms.

This Aug. 5, fi le photo shows the Circle Food Store engulfed in fl oodwaters in New Orleans. With more rain in the forecast and city water pumps malfunctioning after weekend fl oods, New Orleans' mayor is urging residents of some waterlogged neighborhoods to move their vehicles to higher ground. Mayor Mitch Landrieu's offi ce said early Aug. 10, the city has lost service to one of its power turbines, which powers most of the pumping stations service the East Bank of New Orleans. Photo: AP/Wide World photos

The National Weather Service said a flood warning was in effect Aug. 13 for parts of Sequoyah County. Forecasters said flooding is occurring across the area and that several highways have been closed, including portions of Interstate 40.

There was an urgent warning for the flash floods expected in southern Utah, where a major wildfire has left a “burn scar” that could make conditions even more dangerous.

Meteorologists said 1 to 2 inches of rain fell in an hour and that more heavy rain from thunderstorms could hit the Panguitch and Hillsdale areas.

The weather service said dry washes, streams and rivers can become raging, killer currents in minutes, even if rainfall is distant.

The city of New Orleans was still reeling from rains that caused flooding in certain areas of the city. With debris from early August flash flood still piled up on sidewalks and their city under a state of emergency, New Orleans residents looked ahead warily to the prospect of more rain to tax the city’s malfunctioning pump system. The system failed to keep up with a storm that dropped 9.4 inches (24 centimeters) of rain in three hours.

A month-long wildfire contained in July burned about 110 square miles of land in the area, leaving little foliage to soak up the rain.

Better weather was expected to help firefighters in western Montana battle a blaze that forced the evacuation of 165 residences on Aug. 13.

Fire information officer Sig Palm says the winds were supposed to be slower, the humidity higher and the temperatures a bit lower on by Aug. 14.

The lightning-caused Lolo Peak Fire, which started nearly a month ago, has burned more than 15 square miles of land southwest of Missoula.

Evacuations on Aug. 13 were ordered for residences along U.S. Highway 12 west of Lolo after a thunderstorm with strong winds moved into the area late Aug. 12

(Compiled from Associated Press reports.)