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Wicked Halloween storm forces moves to parts of Midwest, South

October 31, 2013|By Soumya Karlamangla
  • People paddle through flooded streets in search of anyone in need, like homeowner Jack Anderson and his granddaughter Alexis Wiesman, 14. Rains saturated the Austin area and caused major flooding along creeks and low-lying areas.
People paddle through flooded streets in search of anyone in need, like… (Ralph Barrera / MCT )

As a fierce storm with heavy rains that already flooded parts of central Texas barreled to the northeast Thursday, prompting some cities to put Halloween trick-or-treating on hold until the severe weather blows away. 

Thursday, heavy rain across central Texas regions, including Austin, caused flooding and led to fire department rescues. The storm is expected to reach much of the South, Midwest and Northeast, the National Weather Service said.

In Madison, Ind., trick-or-treating was postponed until Friday night, when the weather should be better.

“We had several members of the community saying ‘Please, please consider changing it so the kids have a safer night to come out,” Tammy Acosta, assistant to Madison’s mayor, told the Times.

Acosta said the city expects winds of up to 35 miles per hour, a chance of isolated tornadoes and a couple of inches of rain.

She said that although it was raining early Thursday afternoon in Madison, it was still light.

In Travis County, Texas, emergency crews responded to at least 81 flood-related incidents on Thursday, including 32 water rescues and 46 flood assistance and barricade calls, fire officials told the Times.

Hundreds of homes in the county were affected, and shelters were opened for the displaced, Austin fire officials said.

That storm is expected to hit cities including Louisville, Ky., with rain and winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour and a chance of an isolated tornado in the evening, the National Weather Service said.

Tracy Dohn, treasurer of the Middletown neighborhood of Louisville, told the Times that trick-or-treating had been postponed to Friday night.

“The children will have a much better trick-or-treating experience on a night when they don’t have to worry about storms and rains and falling limbs,” she said. “The weather here in Louisville can change on a dime.”


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