3 people missing after being dragged into a Milwaukee drainage ditch

3 people missing after being dragged into a Milwaukee drainage ditch ?w=100

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A child and two adults were missing Tuesday after they were swept out of a drainage ditch in Milwaukee a day earlier following powerful thunderstorms that brought heavy rain and damaging winds across a wide swath of the Midwest and parts of the south. authorities said.

Crews resumed the search Tuesday morning for an 11-year-old boy, as well as two men, ages 34 and 37, who entered the water in an attempt to rescue the boy Monday night.

Firefighters focused their search Tuesday on three connected tunnels that carry water to the Kinnickinnic River. Search teams did not enter the tunnels Monday night due to dangerous conditions and instead sent a drone inside in an attempt to locate the three, authorities said. The names of the missing were not immediately released. Police said the three knew each other but gave no further details.

The water was deep and fast-flowing after the severe storms, which also caused damage in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. And the storms continued to pound as they reached West Virginia early Tuesday, where numerous roads were closed by downed trees and power lines.

According to the website PowerOutage.us, which tracks blackouts across the country, about 500,000 electricity customers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia were without service Tuesday morning.

The storms came as high temperatures and humidity settled in states stretching across parts of the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes and as far east as the Carolinas. More than 100 million people were facing a combination of heat advisories, excessive heat warnings and excessive heat watches as of Wednesday following record weekend temperatures in parts of the West and Southwest.

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In Illinois, a supercell storm packing winds of more than 80 mph (129 kph) downed trees and damaged power lines Monday night while leaving a trail of damage in the Chicago area and northwestern Indiana, the Weather Service said. National.

Numerous reports of wind damage were reported along the storm’s path, with Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport recording a wind gust of 84 mph (135 kph), the weather service said. Crews planned to assess storm damage Tuesday to determine if any tornadoes touched down.

In Bellwood, in Chicago’s western suburbs, village officials said winds tore the roof off an apartment building, injuring a young woman who was hospitalized after being hit by falling debris, but was expected to was fine.

“We just heard people yelling that the roof is down, get out, get out,” resident Larhonda Neal told WLS-TV.

In northwestern Indiana, the weather service reported storm damage at Ogden Dunes and said 1.5-inch-diameter hail hit the Lake County town of New Chicago on Monday night.

In northeast Indiana, the weather service said a 98 mph wind gust was recorded at Fort Wayne International Airport, the strongest wind the airport has ever recorded, eclipsing the previous record of a 91 mph gust recorded. on June 30, 2012. Downed trees were reported in Fort Wayne, where winds tore through the siding and insulation of the hangar of SkyWest, an aircraft maintenance company southwest of the Fort Wayne airport terminal and runways, exposing the planes inside, WANE-TV reported.

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