Severe storms and rain caused a death in Pulaski County, injured another, and left trees and power lines down around the region.
According to the National Weather Service office in Paducah, a line of strong storms passed through Southern Illinois Friday evening, causing widespread wind damage. Winds in some locations were recorded at 70 mph; at the Cape Girardeau airport, one gust clocked in at 72 mph.
Flooding also was reported Friday with that line of storms. In Marion, 2.22 inches of rain fell in two hours, flooding creeks, according to the National Weather Service.
Trees were downed in counties from the Missouri to the Kentucky borders. Thousands of power outages were reported in Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky, the AP reported.
The Associated Press reported that a 48-year-old driver died Friday when a tree fell on her car on Old U.S. 51 south of Ullin. A 15-year-old girl was also injured in a park in Mounds on Friday when a tree landed on her. She was airlifted to a larger hospital, according to the AP.
The Marion Police Department on Friday night said in a statement on its Facebook page that the city's street department would send out crews to help pick up downed limbs on Monday. Residents were asked to place limbs by the curb, but not block roadways. For additional assistance, residents may call the street department at 618-993-3487.
Flooding continued on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. On the Mississippi at Cape Girardeau, the river was expected to continue to fall very slowly. On the Ohio, moderate flooding continued at Cairo, with the river expected to rise to 51 feet by Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
Chester bridge reopens
The Missouri Department of Transportation on Saturday reopened the Chester bridge, which carries traffic across the Mississippi River between Missouri and Illinois on Missouri 51 and Illinois 150. The bridge had been closed since June 2 because of high water levels on the Mississippi.