Major flooding has claimed the lives of 23 people in West Virgina including two children who fell into the raging waters.  Cars, houses, and trees have been swept away as the area was pounded with severe thunderstorms known as “derechos.”  A derecho describes a weather condition where a line of thunderstorms covers at least 240 miles and produces straight line winds of over 60 mph.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a state of emergency for 44 counties.

Read more at The Washington Post


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