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JRLPhotographer/iStock(COLUMBIA, S.C.) --  An 18-year-old Army recruit at Fort Jackson died on Friday night following a "medical emergency" before an outdoor physical training exercise, according to a Fort Jackson official.

The unidentified recruit was from central North Carolina and part of the 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry regiment, nicknamed the "River Raiders."

U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle, Jr., posted a statement to Twitter saying the recruit, "experienced a medical emergency" while preparing to do physical training and that "separate investigations will be taking place to determine the facts behind the incident."

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"The tragic loss of a Soldier, our nation's most precious resource, is devastating to the families, friends and teammates," according to the statement.

Medical responders transported the 18-year-old from Fort Jackson to Providence Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina, where the recruit was pronounced dead shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Friday night. According to a statement on the Fort Jackson Facebook page, Providence Hospital staff reported that the death was not heat related.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own. Our hearts and prayers are with the family members and team mates of the deceased soldier," said Beagle. "We are providing every comfort and assistance we can to all involved."

All 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry soldiers-in-training were given the opportunity to call home in the 36 hours following the recruit's death.

The recruit's name would not be released until next-of-kin notification is complete. The cause of death is under investigation.

Fort Jackson trains half of the Army's basic combat recruits with 10,000 soldiers training daily, according to the base's website.

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Carson King(NEW YORK) --  A college football fan who made a social media plea for "beer money" and turned the humorous request into a fundraising effort for a children’s hospital has now reportedly reached $1 million in donations.

"We just reached a million in total contributions," Carson King, the man who launched the fundraising effort, tweeted on Sunday, along with "Let’s goooo!" and "We’re not done yet!"

King said the money is being raised through his Venmo account.

It all started as a joke when King, 24, waved a sign that read "Busch Light Supply Needs Replenished," under which he'd scrawled his Venmo handle in black Sharpie, on Sept. 14 during ESPN's "College GameDay."

"I thought it would just be a joke," King told "Good Morning America," on Friday. "I didn't think anyone would actually see it."

 When his Venmo account hit $600, he spoke to his family for advice and decided to change course. He took to social media to announce that after covering the cost of a case of Busch Lite, he would be donating the rest of the proceeds to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.

After the "GMA" broadcast, money transfers and donations flooded his Venmo account. Within hours, he'd received more than 2,000 notifications, King told "GMA."

Busch Beer and Venmo announced on Twitter that they would match King’s donation. As of Friday, King had raised $157,000.

King told "GMA" he intends to keep his Venmo account open for donations as they continue to appear until the end of the month. After that, he will cut a check from the money in his account and present it to the hospital in person, where he will go on a tour of the hospital facilities and get to meet some of the kids who will benefit from the massive donation.

"We can’t think – our minds are blown by this," tweeted an account which states is the official Twitter account of University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. "Thank you to everyone who helped reach this milestone! We’re so grateful!"

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Bakersfield Police Department (BAKERSFIELD, Calif.) --  Police in Southern California said they were concerned when they saw a woman struggling to push her baby in a stroller, but they got a heck of a surprise when they went to check on her.

Officers in Bakersfield, California, just north of Los Angeles, said they approached the woman to "check her welfare" but they quickly realized that is wasn't a baby she was struggling with. She was actually totting thousands of dollars in stolen coins from a recent home invasion, according to the Bakersfield Police Department.

Police shared images from the scene via Twitter on Friday, showing the stolen coins, which they alleged she acquired in a burglary.

"Two BPD detectives saw a woman struggling to push a baby stroller," the department said in a tweet Friday. "They went to check her welfare and discovered the stroller didn’t contain a child… but instead held over 6K in coins taken in a burglary."

Fritz was arrested on burglary in the first degree, a felony, as well as other charges, including obstructing the peace and possession of a controlled substance, court records show.

She was being held on $65,000 bail as of Sunday afternoon and was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

It's unclear if Fritz has retained an attorney.

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aijohn784/iStock(DENVER) -- An argument over a pair of Jordan sneakers apparently escalated into a shooting in Denver that left a 14-year-old boy dead and his juvenile friend in custody, police and the victim's sister said.

Treaujalaune '"Trey" Lornes, a high school freshman, was killed on Wednesday afternoon at a home in Denver, police said.

A spokesman for the Denver Police Department confirmed to ABC News on Sunday that a juvenile was arrested in connection with the fatal shooting, but declined to release further details because the suspect is a minor.

But Lornes' sister, Tyquajanna Lornes, told ABC affiliate station KMGH-TV in Denver, that police informed her family that an argument over a pair of Jordan sneakers apparently prompted the killing.

"My brother got shot on the stairs in the house, and now they're saying that it's not over a gun, it was over a pair of shoes! It was over a pair of shoes!" the sister said.

She said her brother and his friends were at a car wash near their school, Washington High School, on Wednesday when an argument broke out over a pair of Jordan sneakers and continued at the home of one of the youngsters.

Police confirmed the shooting occurred inside a Denver home around 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

The suspect, whose name and age were not immediately released, was taken into custody on suspicion of manslaughter, second-degree assault, three counts of felony menacing, attempting to influence public officials and being a juvenile in possession of a handgun.

Formal charges against the suspect are pending a review of the case by the Denver District Attorney's Office. Officials at the district attorney's office could not be immediately reached for comment on Sunday.

Tyquajanna Lornes told KMGH that the boy who shot her brother initially blamed the killing on someone else.

"The boy that sat there with him and watched him die, and watched him go, when he should have died at home with us, killed him," she said.

She said she spoke to the suspect's mother prior to his arrest.

"She told me, 'My son feels so bad. He cries every night and tells me that he sees Trey all over again every time he goes to sleep.' But to wake up this morning and know that you were the one that did that to him...," she said shaking her head.

Tyquajanna Lornes said her brother dreamed of one day playing professional basketball and earning enough money to take care of his entire family.

"He was sweet," she said tearfully. "He was a baby."

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Facebook/Angela K Chandler(BEAUMONT, Texas) -- A Texas hotel employee is being hailed as a hero after working 32 hours straight and helped to ensure guests' safety and comfort as the region was assailed by Hurricane Imelda.

Satchel Smith began his shift at the Homewood Suites in Beaumont at 3 p.m. on Sept. 18 but was not relieved until 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 20, reports ABC affiliate WFAA.

At one point, he was the lone employee on-site, said hotel guest Angela Chandler in a Facebook post praising Smith. His co-workers were unable to travel in the storm to get to work at the Hilton-owned hotel.

"Meet Satchel. He is the only employee here at Homewood Suites in Beaumont. The access road is underwater and [Interstate 10] is shut down due to flooding. We can’t get in or go out. The hotel a mile from us is under water. Satchel has been here all night," Chandler wrote. She said in her Facebook post that she was a guest at the hotel during Smith's long hours.

She went on to commend Smith, a full-time college student at Lamar University, for his service. "He has manned the phones, answered each of our questions, ensured that we have had a hot cup of coffee or tea, and helped serve us a hot breakfast," she posted. She wrote that he “handled this situation with grace, kindness, and a beautiful smile on his face."

During Smith's shift the weather caused problems with the hotel's computers, setting off fire alarms, yet the young worker tried to remain calm, Smith told WFAA. He and guests of the hotel worked together making breakfast and dinner for everyone.

However, Smith said that he doesn't consider himself a hero.

"I was always gonna be there for them, I would never plan on leaving," he said. "I don't consider myself a hero, that's just what I would do, I think anybody would do the same thing."

Alanna Hall, operations manager at Homewood Suites by Hilton, said that the company is also recognizing Smith.

The company's management "is going to be rewarding him for his hard work," Hall told ABC News. "He is usually just a one day a week employee and he just happened to be working that day -- and I am so happy he was because he totally stepped up to the crisis," she said.

The company will give Smith a bonus, said Hall.


Hurricane Imelda paralyzed the Houston, Texas, area, bringing hazardous flooding that so far, has left five dead and a wake of destruction in its aftermath. Many in the area are still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, which struck two years ago.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday declared a state of disaster for 13 counties as the floodwaters climbed. In Harris County, which encompasses Houston, more than 1,000 people were rescued.

The downpour is the fourth highest amount of rain from a tropical system in Texas' recorded history, as well as the seventh highest amount of rain from a tropical system in U.S. recorded history.

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iStock/MattGush(PORT ST. LUCIE, FLA) -- A mother and grandmother in Florida have been arrested after leaving 5 children between the ages of 3 and 9 home alone, during which time a 9-year-old boy was stabbed in the back of the head by a 4-year-old girl.

Julie Belliard, the 30-year-old mother of the 5 children, left to go to work in the early morning hours on Friday, leaving the children in the care of Marie Pierre, the 55-year-old grandmother of the 5 kids.

But when Belliard needed to get picked up from work in the afternoon, Pierre decided she would go, knowing the children would be left alone and unsupervised in the home, police in Port St. Lucie said.

Pierre provided the 9-year-old boy with a cell phone in case of an emergency and instructed him to call her if anything happened.

But while Pierre was out and the children were left alone, the youngest child, who is 3-years-old, picked up a knife. The 4-year old girl then grabbed it from the youngest child and threw it across the room and away from the 3-year-old, according to the Port St. Lucie Police in a statement on Facebook.

The knife then struck the TV, bounced off of the stand and hit the 9-year-old boy in the back of the head causing a half inch cut, police said.

Another child saw that the boy was bleeding heavily from the back of the head and immediately tried to call his mother and grandmother for help.

But neither Pierre nor Belliard answered their phones, police said.

Panicked, the child tried to call police for help but instead of dialing 9-1-1, they managed to dial 9-9-1 instead.

An 8-year-old boy then ran out of the house to a neighbor’s residence to get help.

"I mean, he was just bleeding everywhere from the head. … so it was scary," said neighbor Kristin Pusateri to ABC West Palm Beach affiliate WPBF.

Pusateri said she and her mother were watching television when the 8-year old boy came to them.

"The 8-year-old came and actually opened our front door and came in and was like, 'My brother is bleeding,'" Pusateri said.

It was then that Pusateri and her mother ran to the home to check on the children and discovered that the 5 kids were there with no adults and no supervision.

 They decided to bring all five children, including the 9-year-old victim, over to their home, according to WPBF.

"They all came in," Pusateri said. "We just wrapped his head in a towel just to stop the bleeding and just waited for the cops to show up."

The cops arrived quickly, according to Pusateri.

When the authorities arrived, the 9-year-old victim was flown to St. Mary’s Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

But, to make matters worse, when police began to conduct their investigation they said they noticed that the 5 children were unwashed and unkempt, had several bug bites on their legs and were living in deplorable conditions.

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) were called in to conduct an investigation where it was deemed that the children were in harm’s way and removed from the home.

The children are now in the care of DCF while Belliard and Pierre have been arrested and charged with Child Neglect.

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ABC News/WTVG(TOLEDO, OHIO) -- A grandmother from Toledo, Ohio, has been charged with murder after she allegedly admitted to hitting her grandson so hard that he eventually died from the injuries.

The Toledo Fire Department responded to a call on Thursday from Yisenya Flores after she reported that her 5-year-old grandson had fallen off of a bed in her home, according to ABC’s Toledo affiliate station WTVG.

Flores allegedly claimed that her grandson, Anjuan M. Hare III, had jumped from a box spring mattress that was laid on its side onto a carpeted floor and injured himself in the fall.

Medics immediately initiated life-saving measures and immediately transported Hare to Toledo Hospital where he eventually died.

Staff members then told the authorities that Hare’s injuries were not consistent with a fall from a bed as Flores had claimed, according to court documents obtained by WTVG.

Police interviewed Flores who then admitted to hitting the child the previous day but did not call 9-1-1 until the following evening even though her grandson was allegedly “lethargic and semi-unresponsive” and was allegedly unable to get up from the floor after she hit him, according to the court documents.

The coroner discovered evidence that Hare had also been suffering from Battered Child Syndrome, which means that he had older blunt-force trauma injuries that were healing and that the alleged abuse was ongoing.

Flores was in court on Friday facing a charge of child endangerment and was held in jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond that was set during her arraignment by the court.

The murder charge was added on Saturday and Flores is expected to face a judge for the new charge on Monday morning.

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IStock/MattGush(PITTSBURGH) -- At least three people, all wearing orange wristbands, died from drug overdoses early Sunday and four others were hospitalized after police responded to a medical emergency at an apartment complex in Pittsburgh, officials said.

Police and paramedics were called to the Southside Works City Apartments around 2 a.m. and discovered seven people in medical distress, including two who were unresponsive, police said.

All of the victims were wearing orange wristbands apparently connected a venue they had been to Saturday night, police said.

"The victims -- including three people who died and four who remain hospitalized -- appear to have been at the same venue together, and then to have gone to a second location at a private residence where they apparently overdosed on drugs," the Pittsburgh Police Department said in a statement. "The victims all took the narcotics at the same time and in the same location."

Police did not immediately say what kind of drugs the victims overdosed on, but expressed concern about a "tainted, potentially deadly batch of drugs in the community."

One man was found passed out in the street outside the apartment building and later died, police said at a news conference. Another victim was found unresponsive in an elevator, according to authorities.

When police officers went inside the apartment where the drugs were allegedly taken, they found five other people in need of medical assistance, authorities said.

The five people found inside the apartment were taken to a hospital with conditions ranging from serious to critical, officials said.

"To be clear, this was not a case of a tainted drug being passed around or distributed in large volume at a large venue which could have affected even more people," the police statement reads. "It appears to have been isolated to a single location."

Police said they identified multiple venues, including concerts, where orange wristbands were distributed but did not name the venue where the victims were before they overdosed.

As a precaution, air tests in the apartment and throughout the complex were conducted and came back negative, authorities said.

Police said no drug paraphernalia was found inside the building.

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IStock/Noppharat05081977(FARGO, N.D.) -- Over 9 inches of rain has hit parts of the Northeastern Plains as a cold front sweeps across the Central states.

Storms will push east today and could possibly impact the Northeast by Monday evening.

This frontal system was responsible for at least 9.5 inches of rain in northern Minnesota and 8.73 inches of rain in eastern North Dakota on Saturday.

As a result of the intense heavy rain, flash flooding was reported in both the Fargo and Grand Forks areas.

The system also brought 2 reported tornadoes to eastern Kansas on Saturday night as well as a 75 mph wind gust in Russell, KS.

This morning there have already been reports of rainfall totals approaching 4" in parts of Southern Nebraska due to heavy rain.

A long line of storms is visible on the radar stretching from the Mexican border to parts of the Upper Midwest.

A cold front is tapping into moisture from a rapidly weakening Tropical Storm Elena along with tropical moisture from the Gulf.

Flash flood Watches are in effect for parts of the region from southwest Texas to Wisconsin including Kansas City and Chicago.

As the cold front moves east today it will likely fire up some strong storms and heavy rain through parts of Midwest from Missouri to Michigan, including around St. Louis, Chicago, and Indianapolis.

Rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour could cause flash flooding in spots throughout the day.

 Later this evening and into early Monday storms will slide over into the Ohio Valley and the interior northeast but will likely lose some moisture and coverage with the loss of daytime heating.

Then on Monday night into early Tuesday, it appears the cold front will tap into just enough heat and moisture to bring a round of storms to the northeast U.S.

While the chances of severe thunderstorms remains isolated, gusty winds and locally heavy downpours appear likely in the major metro areas Monday night and early Tuesday.

Locally over 4 inches of rain will fall in parts of the Midwest through today from this system, especially in areas of Illinois and Indiana.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Karen has formed in the Atlantic and could impact Puerto Rico on Tuesday as new Tropical Strom Warnings have been issued in the Caribbean.

A new tropical Storm warning has been issued for portions of the Windward Islands, including Trindiad and Tobago. Karen currently has winds of 40 mph and is moving West Northwest at 9MPH.

Karen is expected to bring heavy rainfall and gusty winds to parts of the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico, over the next few days.

Although some overnight models are beginning to indicate that this tropical wave could become a system worth monitoring later this week, it remains too early to determine how this system will evolve in the long term.

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Facebook/Vincent Minutello(TAMPA, Fla.) -- A woman has been arrested and jailed after she was filmed kicking and choking her dog near her trailer in Pinellas County, Florida.

Michelle A. Sieber, 26, is facing one count of felony animal cruelty after a man named Vincent Minutello posted a video to Facebook of the woman abusing her dog. The video has received almost 3,000 comments since he posted it on Friday.

Sieber can be seen walking slowly towards her trailer in a parking lot with the dog on a leash before she swiftly kicks the animal in its rib cage. She then shortens the leash and pulls up on it so hard that the dog’s front legs come up off the ground as it gasps for air.

As she begins walking again, the dog can be seen bracing itself before she pulls up even harder on the leash and choking the dog to the point where it can be seen gagging.

Minutello, who filmed the incident from his car, then drives up to Sieber and asks her to stop treating her dog so poorly.

“Hey, can you go a little easy on that dog, please,” Minutello then says to Sieber from his car. “You can’t do what you’re doing.”

Sieber laughs and responds, “Pull on his collar?”

“You are choking him. You are hanging your dog. He is sitting there by his neck and he can’t breathe if you watch him,” says Minutello in response to her question.

“You can have him if you want him,” Sieber then says in the video.

According to an arrest report obtained by ABC’s Tampa Bay affiliate station WFTS, Sieber told police that she was training the dog. Sieber is allegedly transient and lives in her trailer with two dogs.

The dog seen in the video, along with another dog that was not filmed, have been taken into custody by animal control and Sieber has been jailed in lieu of $5,000 bail as she awaits trial.

Minutello has thanked the public for their assistance after he posted the video on Friday.

“Thank you for all the support! For those who would have choose the violent route I understand your frustration. However documenting is key to a habitual offender,” he says before imploring people not to resort to violence. “Please don’t incriminate yourselves with violence. That is a short term reaction to what seems to be a long term problem. With this video hopefully we can put a stop to it.”

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ABC News(SAN ANTONIO) -- A 3-year-old died in San Antonio on Saturday after being left in a hot car -- the sixth such death in Texas and the 43rd in the U.S. this year, according to an advocacy group.

Last year, with 54 reported deaths, was the worst on record, KidsAndCars.org said in a statement. Since 1991, Texas ranks first nationally with 131 such fatalities.

Police believe the child's parents, after arriving home from a 6-year-old sibling's T-ball game, may have been distracted, with one thinking the other had removed the toddler from the vehicle.

"One parent thought the other parent had grabbed both of the children, and, in fact, only the 6-year-old had been taken out of the car," said Lt. Jesse Salame of the San Antonio Police Department. "By the time they realized it several hours had passed, and when they got the child out of the vehicle he was not responsive."

The 3-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene, ABC San Antonio station KSAT reported.

Investigators are looking into the matter further, "but but there's no way that this was anything more than just an accident," Salame added. "They were in a hurry or they got distracted, and that very literally could happen to anybody, and that's probably the most tragic thing of it all."

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DC Comics(NEW YORK) -- In celebration of 80 years of Batman, DC Comics is asking you to look to the skies -- or buildings -- to get a glimpse of the Bat-Signal.

The iconic image of the Batman logo was lit up like a spotlight when Gotham City needed Bruce Wayne to become the Dark Knight and take on the city's latest threat, and on Saturday night major cities across the globe will likewise honor the caped crusader.

"The Dark Knight has stood as a symbol of determination, bravery and justice to generations of fans," DC Comics said in a statement. "Since appearing in the pages of 'Detective Comics #27' on March 30, 1939, Batman continues to leave his mark in every form of entertainment imaginable."

The "Batman Bat Tracker" will be visible in New York City, on the former Domino Sugar Factory building in Brooklyn. Other Bat-Signal cities listed by DC include Los Angeles, London and Tokyo.

Bat-signal cities

  • Berlin at Potsdamer Platz
  • Barcelona at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
  • Johannesburg at the Leonardo
  • London at the Senate House
  • Los Angeles at City Hall
  • Melbourne at Fed Square
  • Mexico City at Torre Reforma
  • Montreal at Complex Dupuis
  • New York City at Domino Sugar Factory Brooklyn
  • Paris at Galeries Lafayette
  • Rome at the Piazza dei Cinquecento
  • São Paulo at Itaúsa
  • Tokyo at Shibuya Scramble Crossing

Throughout Batman Day, Warner Bros. and DC Comics hosted sales at comic book stores, 5K runs and more.

For a full list of Batman Day 2019 visit the official Batman Day website.

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ABC News(CHICAGO) -- Police said they've apprehended a man they believe shot a Chicago police officer Saturday morning.

The officer lost nearly a third of his blood from the gunshot wounds, but was rushed to a local hospital for surgery and is in stable condition, according to Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

The officer managed to apply a tourniquet to stop the bleeding following the shooting in West Englewood in the city’s South Side, Guglielmi said.

Police identified the suspect as 45-year-old Michael Blackman.

Guglielmi said Saturday evening a person of interest was apprehended and that person "is believed to be Michael Blackman."

Blackman fled the scene and is on the run. He is considered armed and dangerous, according to Guglielmi.

He is also the alleged suspect from a different shooting on Wednesday that left a woman injured by gunfire in the 200 block of N. Milwaukee Ave, police said.

Saturday's incident began around 8:40 a.m. in the 1900 block of West 65th Street. It was not immediately clear what unfolded before shots were fired.

The officer, who has not yet been identified, was shot twice in the groin area, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford, according to ABC Chicago station WLS. Calls to Langford by ABC News were not immediately returned.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she is aware of the situation and monitoring for updates.

"I ask all Chicagoans to join me in praying for the officer shot earlier today and his family, and for the continued safety of our first responders and law enforcement who work day and night to protect our residents," Lightfoot wrote in a tweet.

The U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were at the scene searching for the suspected gunman.

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Masslottery.com(TAUNTON, Mass.) -- A minor detour led to major winnings for one Massachusetts man.

Peter Levesque was driving back to his Taunton home from lunch when he came across road closures and was forced to take a different route, through the nearby town of Raynham, according to the Massachusetts State Lottery.

Along the way, Levesque stopped at a Stop N Go Express gas station and decided to purchase a $10,000,000 Big Money scratch ticket, the lottery said Tuesday.

The ticket ended up being a $10 million winner.

Levesque hopes to use his winnings to either build or buy a new home, according to the lottery.

He could not be reached for comment.

The lucky winner chose to receive his prize with a one-time payment of $6,500,000, before taxes, according to the lottery.

The gas station will receive a $50,000 bonus for its sale of the ticket.

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ABC News(KANSAS CITY) -- Flash flooding and severe storms are possible across the Central United States today, as a strong cold front sweeps across much of the region.

Moisture that was once associated with the remnants of Imelda will interact with a strong cold front developing across the Central U.S. this weekend. Storms are already moving through parts of the Northern Plains, and will continue to move eastward through the day.

There have been numerous reports of large hail, some the size of baseballs, in parts of the Dakotas overnight. Additionally, there have been reports of flash flooding near Bismarck and Grand Forks, North Dakota, and there has been a preliminary report of at least 8 inches of rain near Sheridan and Burleigh counties in North Dakota.

A flash flood watch has been issued from Eastern Kansas to Western Illinois, including the Kansas City area. This is due to the threat of significant flooding this weekend from storms that move through the region.

Later on Saturday, numerous strong storms will develop across the Central U.S. and move into parts of the Northern and Central Plains, with some storms even getting into parts of Chicago and Milwaukee. There is a slight risk of severe weather in parts of Northern Minnesota Saturday afternoon, including the risk of strong winds and brief tornadoes.

The action will then fire up further south in parts of the Southern and Central Plains, and across parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa. Trailing thunderstorms are likely to bring heavy rainfall, with rates approaching 2" per hour, which could cause dangerous flash flooding at night.

Additionally, there is a slight risk of severe weather from Wichita to Des Moines. including the possibility of damaging winds, large hail, and brief tornadoes.

Then on Sunday night, storms will fire along the cold front as it moves eastward with numerous strong storms, perhaps with locally heavy downpours from Arkansas to Michigan including Paducah and Indianapolis. Localized flash flooding will be possible.

In the Atlantic basin, Jerry has transitioned to a tropical storm this morning with 65 mph winds. The storm is moving northwestward over the Western Atlantic and will still bring heavy rainfall to parts of the Northern Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico. On the forecast track, it remains possible that Jerry will be near Bermuda later in the coming week, but it remains to early to determine what, if any, impact the storm will have on the Island nation.

Meanwhile in the rest of the Caribbean, two different tropical waves are being monitored. A tropical wave east of the Windward Islands will begin to move westward this weekend and possibly become a tropical depression later this weekend. A Hurricane Hunter Aircraft will investigate this tropical wave later on Saturday. Currently there is a medium chance of development over the next 2-5 days.

There is also a disorganized tropical wave located in the Western Caribbean near Haiti. This system only has a low chance of development over the next 5 days. Regardless of the development of these two tropical waves, heavy rainfall is expected over parts of the Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, Hispanola, Jamaica and Cuba. Tropical rainfall could cause flash flooding and mudslides in some of these Caribbean Islands.

Lastly, a new tropical wave is moving off the western coast of the African continent this weekend. Environmental conditions look favorable for development immediately as the system moves into the warm Atlantic water. As a result, a tropical depression or storm is likely to form early in the upcoming week.

In the eastern Pacific, there are three different tropical disturbances that are being tracked. Two of them pose a concern to Mexico and perhaps the Southwest U.S. Hurricane Lorena is currently moving parallel and east of the Baja California peninsula.

Mario, located well south of Cabo San Lucas, will move parallel on the western side of the Baja California peninsula.

Both of these storms look to fall apart as a distinct entity within the next 2-4 days, and therefore do not pose a true tropical threat to the U.S. However, both storms will push moisture into the Southwest U.S. Some of this moisture will get caught up in the semi-permanent low in Southern California, and a cold front that is stalling out in the desert. The result is an increasing possibility of heavy rainfall in the desert Southwest, including Phoenix and Tucson early next week.

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