Milwaukee search finds body of boy swept away after storm – NBC Chicago

Searchers Tuesday found the body of a 10-year-old boy who was washed into a Milwaukee drainage ditch after severe thunderstorms brought heavy rain and damaging winds to much of the Midwest and parts of the South.

The boy’s body was found during a search of the city’s drainage tunnels, WITI-TV reported. Two adults in their 30s who entered the water Monday night trying to save the child are still missing, according to the Milwaukee Fire Department and Police Department.

Firefighters focused their search Tuesday on three connected tunnels that carry water to the Kinnickinnic River. Search parties did not enter the tunnels Monday night because of dangerous conditions and instead sent a drone inside to locate the three, officials said. Police said all three knew each other but did not elaborate.

The water was deep and flowing fast after the severe storms that also wreaked havoc in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. And the storms also hit early Tuesday as they rolled into West Virginia, where numerous roads were blocked by downed trees and power lines.

More than 400,000 power customers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia were without service as of Tuesday afternoon, according to website PowerOutage.us, which tracks outages nationwide.

The storms came as high temperatures and humidity settled over states stretching from parts of the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes and east to the Carolinas. More than 100 million people were faced with a combination of heat alerts, excessive heat warnings and excessive heat watches through Wednesday after record temperatures over the weekend in parts of the west and south-west.

In Illinois, a supercell thunderstorm with winds exceeding 80 miles per hour toppled trees and damaged power lines Monday night as it left a trail of damage through the Chicago area and into northwestern Indiana, the National Weather Service said.

Numerous reports of wind damage were reported along the storm’s path, with Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport recording a gust of 84 miles per hour, the weather service said. Tornado sirens sounded in Chicago as the storm rolled in, and crews surveyed the damage Tuesday to see if any tornadoes made landfall.

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

In northwestern Indiana, the Weather Service reported storm damage in Ogden Dunes and said 1.5-inch-diameter hail hit the Lake County city of New Chicago Monday night.

In northeastern Indiana, the Weather Service said a 98 mph gust was recorded at Fort Wayne International Airport, the strongest wind the airport has ever recorded and the previous record of a 91 mph gust set on Sept Recorded June 30, 2012, dwarfed. Extensive storm damage and downed trees were reported in Fort Wayne, where winds tore siding and insulation from the hangar of SkyWest, an aircraft maintenance company southwest of the terminal and runways at Fort Wayne Airport, exposing the planes inside, WANE-TV reported .

Thunderstorm clusters in the lower Great Lakes region met criteria to be considered derecho, the National Weather Service tweeted Tuesday. A derecho is a common, straight-line storm associated with fast-moving severe thunderstorms.

In northern West Virginia, three firefighters were taken to a hospital for evaluation after responding to an electrical fire in Wheeling early Tuesday, the city about 30 miles southwest of Pittsburgh said in a news release. Two firefighters were shocked by a power line that fell on the roof of a building that had caught fire during the storm. The third firefighter was injured in a fall.

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