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Weekly Wrap-Up: Deadly Flooding Inundates Ohio Valley; NASA Completes Historic Mission to Pluto

Multiple rounds of severe storms rumbled across the Plains and Ohio Valley, spawning tornadoes and dangerous flooding this week.

Severe flash flooding occurred in Paintsville, Kentucky, where rising floodwaters carried a house off its foundation with people inside.

Four were killed and at least five were unaccounted for in Kentucky and Indiana due to the flooding, Reuters reported.

From Sunday evening, July 12, to Monday night, July 13, there were approximately 550 reports of damaging winds as storms brought derecho-like damage from Minnesota to Kentucky.

In Hutchinson, Kansas, a tornado was confirmed along with a storm that delivered hail and heavy rains on Monday.

The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center said there were 12 reports of tornadoes on Monday. An EF-1 tornado about 1.1 miles long and 50 yards wide destroyed multiple buildings near Greensburg, Kentucky. On Tuesday, several homes and one business were damaged near Cookeville, Tennessee, as a result of an EF-1 tornado.

Tuesday was a monumental day for space exploration as NASA celebrated the success of its historic journey to the Pluto system. On Wednesday, members of the New Horizons team revealed high-resolution images of Pluto and its largest moon Charon, that were captured by the spacecraft.

Tropical activity remained busy around the world this past week.

The third named tropical storm in the Atlantic basin this year, Claudette, formed Monday. However, Claudette never came close to making landfall, and weakened to a tropical rainstorm by Tuesday.

In the eastern Pacific Ocean, powerful Hurricane Dolores reached Category 4 status on Wednesday before diminishing to a Category 3 on Thursday. The storm threatened the sparsely populated Socorro Island through Thursday and delivered rough surf and rip currents to the west coast of Mexico and Baja California Sur.

Once a typhoon, Nangka made landfall in Japan late Thursday evening local time with a strength equal to that of a Category 1 hurricane in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific (maximum sustained winds of 119-153 kph or 74-95 mph).

In Brazil, heavy rains caused flooding in the Santa Catarina region and led to this video of a dramatic water rescue. Three deaths and 79 injuries have been reported since July 13.

Helicopter Crews Rescue People Trapped by Brazil Floodwaters

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


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