Weather officials issued a flash-flood warning early Thursday morning for Madison, Bond and Fayette counties as thunderstorms brought heavy rains into the area.
The warning, which is in effect until 10:45 a.m. Thursday, stated that Highway 140 is closed just east of Greenville because of the rains, initially reported to the National Weather Service by police officers.
The areas that may flood, according to forecasters, include Highland, Vandalia, Greenville, Pocahontas, Alhambra, Mulberry Grove, Tamalco, Sorento, Beaver Creek, Shobonier, Woburn, Reno, Pleasant Mound, Pierron, Pittsburg, Shafter, Keyesport, Panama, Grantfork and New Douglas.
The warning includes Interstate 70 between exits 24 and 63 in Illinois.
A second flash flood warning was issued to include Salem, Carlyle and Sandoval until 11:15 a.m.
“Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles,” the warning stated. “Move to higher ground now. Act quickly to protect your life. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.”
The rest of the metro-east was put under a hazardous weather outlook as forecasters were calling for strong to severe thunderstorms Thursday afternoon and early evening.
“Damaging winds are the primary severe weather threat,” the outlook stated.
The outlook indicated Thursday was the only day in the coming week in which forecasters expected hazardous weather.