Ohio, Parts of Midwest Brace for More Flooding

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Violent thunderstorms and tornados ripped across the Midwest on Monday, leaving behind massive damage and destruction. More storms could be on the way for the region Tuesday.

The National Weather Service says storms produced tornadoes in Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee, where at least one person was killed.

The weather service confirmed that a tornado with winds of at least 86 mph tore its way across more than two miles of Ohio's Fairfield County, east of Columbus, on Monday. It destroyed barns and a cinder block grain silo, ripped the roof off a modular home, tossed around metal grain bins, and uprooted trees.

And six people were treated at a hospital in Maryville, Ill., where the storm tore off part of the roof at a church.

Forecasters say the storms were caused by a cold front surging across the area.

In Chattanooga, Tenn., severe thunderstorms pounded the region. Dangerously high winds brought down trees and destroyed an historic brick building. Power was also knocked out to thousands of homes.

A mix of melting snow and heavy rain threatened flooding in all 88 of Ohio's counties, the National Weather Service said. And it was likely to get worse Tuesday, particularly around Findlay, where residents know all too well what to do when faced with the threat of high waters.

Volunteers stacked sandbags throughout downtown as forecasts called for the Blanchard River to rise 6.5 feet above flood level. That's just a foot lower than the catastrophic August 2007 flood that swamped the town, 45 miles south of Toledo, and caused millions of dollars in damage.

"We anticipate a flood every time it rains," Warren Krout, a local business owner said.

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