Severe Weather Continues to Assault Parts of Mid-Atlantic, Ohio Valley

A smorgasbord of severe weather rocked parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Ohio Valley on Saturday, causing floods and damage in communities still digging out from the Presidents Day storm.

In eastern Kentucky, two people were killed and 10 others injured as high winds ripped through rural Breathitt County, leaving an entire community in shambles.

Pieces of mobile homes were scattered everywhere and automobiles were strewn alongside Kentucky 52, the community's main road. Hundreds of trees were leveled on nearby hillsides.

"I heard something like a train and I could see the wind coming," said Bonnie Noble, whose home was heavily damaged. "I ran to the bathtub and put a pillow over my head. I could hear things banging against the house."

The National Weather Service had not determined if the community was hit by a tornado or straight line winds.

Six mobile homes were destroyed, while at least five six homes, some barns and outbuildings were damaged, said Mike Coyle, a spokesman for Kentucky State Police. Authorities did not provide details on how the two people died.

The damaging winds came in the wake of an ice and rain storm last week that wreaked havoc on the region, dumping more than two feet of snow in some areas and heavy rain in others.

Rapid snow melting coupled with heavy rain Saturday in West Virginia caused flooding that forced residents out of their homes in some rural counties and blocked roads.

About 25 people left their homes in southern West Virginia's Monroe County and a 10-mile stretch of highway was closed between Union and Rock Camp, said Mark Rigsby, a spokesman for the state Office of Emergency Services.

Several people also went to higher ground in Summers County, said Steve Lipscomb, the county's emergency services director. Shelters were opened for potential evacuees in three other counties.

In South Charleston, a single-engine plane flipped at the end of a runway at Mallory Airport, killing one person and injuring another. The National Transportation Safety Board was investigating; witnesses said high winds were in the area at the time.

The heavy rain and snow accumulations were blamed for roof collapses in northern Virginia and Maryland, including the collapse of a Toys 'R' Us story at Lanham, Md.

Springlike thunderstorms in Virginia had residents scrambling for higher ground as flooding crippled the southwest part of the state and thunderstorms tore up the southeast.

Tiny Mason's Creek near Roanoke turned into a roaring river by midday, snapping oak trees and spilling into a neighborhood of brick ranch homes in Salem. A handful of roads were impassable and rescue crews pulled several drivers from their floating vehicles.

At the other end of the state, winds downed chimneys and utility poles as two air masses collided near the sea; Norfolk reached 77 degrees, topping the previous high of 75, set in 1945, the weather service said. In Suffolk, an hour-long afternoon thunderstorm sent trees crashing into several houses, melted electric circuits in homes and crumpled utility poles.

In Indiana, freezing rain followed by snow and high winds swept across the state, contributing to scores of highway accidents, with at least one fatality Saturday, authorities said. In central Indiana's Boone County, about 25 wrecks were reported within three hours Saturday afternoon.

In Pennsylvania, more than 2 inches of rain had fallen by afternoon at Seven Valleys in York County, but relatively cold temperatures were expected to limit flooding to roads and smaller streams, officials said. Parts of New Jersey also had minor flooding.