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Heavy Rain In Nebraska

June 16, 1996

Thunderstorms poured rain across the central section of the nation on Sunday, including more than 3 inches on parts of Nebraska.

The stormy weather spread across western Missouri, Nebraska and western Iowa during the night and early morning, then continued on through Iowa, southern Minnesota, southern Wisconsin and parts of Illinois during the afternoon.

Up to 3.5 inches of rain fell overnight in south-central Nebraska at the town of Axtell, leaving water standing in some fields.

``To me, it was a real nice rain,″ said Axtell resident Donald Classen. ``We didn’t need quite that much.″

A flash flood warning was posted for parts of Nebraska. Other overnight rainfall totals included 2.6 inches at Wood River and Riverdale, 2.4 at Ravenna, 2.18 at Grand Island, and 2.3 at Gibbon, the National Weather Service said.

In south-central Iowa, 1.12 inches of rain fell in 24 hours at Lamoni.

Heavy overnight rain in northwestern Kansas pushed creeks out of their banks during the morning, washing out a few secondary roads and damaging crops near Oberlin, said Decatur County sheriff’s Deputy Burt Cool.

``Anything in the lowlands was under water,″ Cool said.

Heavy rain also left streams running high in central Missouri, with the Missouri River overflowing onto some low-lying cropland.

In the Southeast, a low-pressure area spread rain along the eastern coast of Florida, with a waterspout _ a tornado over water _ reported near Merritt Island.

Farther north, rain fell in the mountains of southern West Virginia.

Elsewhere, a cold front was pulling cooler air into Washington and Oregon, with a possibility of a few showers in the Cascade range. And along the northern Rockies, low pressure created a chance for a few thunderstorms in parts of Montana.

Sunday’s temperatures around the Lower 48 states ranged from a morning low of 31 at Meacham, Ore., to an early afternoon high of 97 at Phoenix. The highest heat index, the rating based on temperature and humidity, was 106 at College Station, Texas.

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