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Hurricane remnants cause outages in North Carolina; heat in Plains

July 25, 1997

Remnants of Hurricane Danny caused flooding and power outages in the mid-Atlantic states on Thursday. The East Coast and parts of the northern Plains were rainy, while heat advisories were posted in the southern Plains.

Winds and driving rain from Danny, which made landfall five days ago, swamped roads and knocked out power to 173,000 people in the Raleigh, N.C., area on Thursday. Officials were predicting that all service would be restored by nightfall.

In Virginia, powerful winds ripped the roofs off houses, toppled a trailer home and knocked down power lines in the Tidewater area. Gusts at the Norfolk Naval Base peaked at 67 mph, said Cmdr. Mike Andrews, a base spokesman.

In Augusta, Ga., early Thursday, 14 members of the South Carolina National Guard were struck by lightning when a fast-moving thunderstorm moved through their tent camp. One of the guardsmen was hospitalized in intensive care and six others were treated at a hospital and released.

The storm moved over the Atlantic at the North Carolina-Virginia border late Thursday afternoon and again became a tropical storm.

Some areas in the region received between 6 and 9 inches of rain, causing mud slides and swollen creeks. The rain spread from northeastern North Carolina all the way to the Boston area.

A few light to moderate showers were located from northern Louisiana into South Carolina.

Much of the Plains had fair to partly cloudy skies and rapidly rising temperatures Thursday afternoon. Readings were well into the 90s across Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, with heat indexes into the 100s. Heat advisories were posted from northern Texas to southern Kansas.

In Hastings, Neb., an 88-year-old woman who lived in a mobile home without air conditioning was hospitalized with heat exhaustion as the temperature climbed to 98 degrees, tying a record set in 1963.

Farther to the north, a slow-moving low pressure system created showers and thunderstorms for portions of South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.

Light to moderate showers fell along a stationary frontal boundary in northern Nevada, with clouds increasing in the southern Rockies and desert Southwest.

The coolest spot in the Lower 48 states on Thursday was an early morning reading of 37 in Meacham, Ore. The highest temperature was 97 at Mineral Wells, Texas, and the highest heat index was 114 at Greenville, Miss.