Rescuers in Indiana were looking Friday for a 4-year-old boy, his father and grandfather, whose pickup was carried off. A hunt continued in Kentucky for another 4-year-old washed away in a vehicle after two adults managed to get out. Two teenagers who had gone swimming in a Tennessee creek also were missing, the AP reports.
Almost 200,000 homes and businesses lost power in southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky Thursday night, and a tractor-trailer was blown off an Ohio highway as winds reached 60 mph or more.
On Friday, the storms were moving east through New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland, and hazardous weather advisories warned of severe thunderstorms bringing damaging gusts and hail.
In central Kentucky, a 68-year-old woman was found dead early Friday on the sidewalk in front of her Lexington home. It appeared she was placing her yard waste container by the curb for pickup when she was struck by lightning, the Fayette County coroner's office said.
In southern Indiana, state police were using a helicopter to search for the 35- and 55-year-old men and the 4-year-old boy whose pickup was carried away the previous evening after entering a normally dry creek bed near Leopold in the Hoosier National Forest.
The men were returning home after moving a bulldozer to higher ground to protect it from flood waters. A 7-year-old boy who had been with them managed to swim away and was uninjured.
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