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Weekly Wrap-Up: Heavy Rains Deluge Southern Plains to Ohio Valley; Severe Storms Blast the Mid-Atlantic

Record-setting rainfall was reported across parts of the U.S. this week, while a tropical storm formed in the central Pacific Ocean and two typhoons strengthened in the western Pacific Ocean.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, heavy rains caused flash flooding, impassable roadways and numerous water rescues throughout the southern Plains to the Ohio Valley. In Brownwood, Texas, residents had to evacuate after storms brought half a foot of rain in one hour.

The flooding became so severe in Cassville, Missouri, that the Barry County Sheriff reported that the entire town was closed. Most roadways and businesses were reopened by Wednesday morning.

The city of Abilene, Texas, set a new all-time record for the highest daily rainfall total with 8.26 inches of rain on Tuesday.

The National Weather Service office in Kansas City, Missouri, reported that the city has already received more rainfall than 17 other years on record. The NWS office in Forth Worth, Texas, said that through July 8, this is the wettest year on record in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with 36.50 inches.

Meanwhile, Sin City also experienced flash flooding early this week, with over a foot of rain falling in some locations. Emergency responders performed more than 10 water rescues in the Las Vegas area.

Severe storms pushed through the mid-Atlantic on Thursday. In Pennsylvania, the storms downed trees and power lines, while significant damage was reported to an elementary school in Tilden Township, Pennsylvania.

Elsewhere around the world, severe weather made an impact in many locations. On Wednesday, a powerful tornado slammed the city of Venice, Italy.

In the central Pacific, Tropical Storm Ela formed hundreds of miles away from Hawaii.

The western Pacific Ocean remained full of activity this week as several storms targeted China. After dumping 12 inches of rain (304.8 mm) on Guam last weekend, Typhoon Chan-hom continued to intensify.

After forming in the Philippine Sea late last week, Tropical Storm Linfa made landfall on southeastern China on Thursday. Linfa delivered 6-10 inches (150-250 mm) across northern and western Luzon. Despite not making landfall in Taiwan, the storm brought gusty winds and heavy rain to the central and southern parts of the nation.

Another powerful cyclone, Super Typhoon Nangka, was also tracking northwestward but slightly more to the north of Chan-hom. Nangka brought gusty showers and periods of rain to Guam.

Several AccuWeather meteorologists and staff writers contributed content to this article.


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