Showers and thunderstorms soaked much of the nation Sunday, fierce winds whipped parts of Kentucky and New York, thousands of West Virginians were left without electricity, and lightning touched off scores of burglar alarms in Texas.
Rain covered a wide area from New Jersey across eastern Virginia, central New England, New York, northwest Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Tennessee, western North Carolina, northern Alabama, northern Mississippi, Nebraska, northeastern Colorado, western Kansas, Oklahoma, north-central Texas, southwestern Texas and southwestern Arkansas.
Thunderstorms packing 65-mph winds, hail the size of nickels and torrential rain plowed across northern and western Texas.
Dallas was hit by a storm that inundated low-lying parts of the city with floodwaters, choking highway underpasses. Water on Interstate 35 was 3 feet deep, and on Central Expressway, 3 to 4 feet of water brought traffic to a standstill, the city's street department reported.
'It was raining so hard and so fast the drains were just backed up,' said Pat Crow of the state highway department.
Winds at 65 mph in Collin County, northeast of Dallas, ripped down tree limbs and damaged at least one outbuilding, the National Weather Service reported.
The electrical storm that hit Dallas triggered scores of false burglar alarms, police reported.
'Oh, my God, all I could do is estimate. It's probably over 300 every time it rains,' police Sgt. Ken Walters said. 'Right now we've got 113 burglar alarm calls. ... We don't have anybody to respond to them.'
The thunderstorms produced small hail, damaging trees and power lines near Hopkinsville, Ky. There also was damage from thunderstorm wind gusts at Dundee, N.Y.
Nearly half an inch of rain soaked Hornell, N.Y., in 10 minutes.
Lightning, slashing rain and heavy winds left as many as 11,000 southwestern West Virginians without power Sunday.
Driving rain and high winds whipped across much of the state late Saturday evening, downing powerlines, telephone lines and trees. The city police department in Glendale in Marshall County had its phone service restored about 8:50 p.m. Saturday after the storms forced the sheriff's department to take over emergency calls for several hours.
A spokeswoman for C&P Telephone in West Virginia, meanwhile, said a strike by about 2,800 Communications Workers of America union members slowed down recovery from the storms.
Rain and storms lashed Pennsylvania Sunday, soaking spectators at the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta as the state readied for a cool front that will wring out humidity and heat over the next few days.
The cold front triggered thunderstorms, including a brief downpour that moved into Pittsburgh and showered sailors and regatta spectators alike. The storm whipped through the city in the afternoon, briefly decreasing visibility across the Monongahela River and buffeting a hot air balloon at the Sheraton Station Square.
On Saturday, at least one person was killed and two other people were injured by lightning in severe weekend thunderstorms that took the roofs off buildings, caused electrical blackouts and closed roadways around Ohio.
Killed was a musician at Kings Island amusement park, Thomas Cahall, 39, of Covington, Ky. Ohio authorities said Cahall was struck by lightning while walking to his automobile in the employees parking lot in the Warren County facility.