Flooding in the Midwest kept people from their homes and closed dozens of roads Monday, while the year ended on a cold note in the West and in the central United States.
Flooding also was widespread in western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and Vermont, the National Weather Service said.There was flooding in the Ohio and Tennessee valleys, the Weather Service reported. In Indiana, the Weather Service reported record flooding along the Kankakee River and said the White River was at its highest level since 1964.
Roads were closed in Delaware, Jay and Randolph counties in east-central Indiana, authorities said.
In northwest Ohio, a dispatcher with the Sandusky County Sheriff's Department said high water closed 15 roads early Monday. He said in one case, high water Sunday blocked an ambulance.
Weekend rains across Ohio broke 112-year-old records in at least three cities, forced evacuations in parts of Cuyahoga County and the Columbus area and sent streams over flood stage in at least 24 sections of the state.
One person drowned Sunday when rain-swollen creeks spilled over their banks in western Pennslyvania, and flood warnings were in effect until New Year's Day for the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers as rec-ord rain forced hundreds of evacuations. The Weather Service said the rain would change to snow.
In Boston, authorities said two sections of roof blew off a building at Logan International Airport when winds gusted to more than 50 mph. State Police said a USAir plane was blown onto the jetway but there were no accidents. Winds gusted to 78 mph at the Blue Hill Observatory south of Boston about 3:30 a.m.
In the West, overnight warnings for frost and freezing temperatures were issued in California, including agricultural areas near San Diego. An advisory for freezing temperatures also covered extreme southern Nevada.
In the Midwest, temperatures dipped to 11 degrees below zero early Monday in Minneapolis and to 6 below in Omaha.