Obama and Congress look for common goals

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Flood watch in effect for weekend due to Tropical Storm Bill.

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for southern and central New Jersey this weekend due to remnants of Tropical Storm Bill. The body of little Jeremiah Meyer was found just a short distance from where he first went missing after being wrenched from the grip of his dad by fast-slowing waters.

LOUIS (AP) — Tropical Depression Bill dumped up to 7 inches of rain on the Ozarks in southern Missouri overnight, causing flash floods that forced the evacuation of some towns and campgrounds and increasing the risk of major flooding along several rivers. Currently classified as a tropical depression and centered near the border of Arkansas and Missouri, Bill is expected to trek east and transition to a post-tropical low over the next 24 hours.

Since portions of our region have dealt with recent heavy rains i.e. the severe thunderstorms of June 18, and rain the night before that, local flash flooding is a possibility. Hours earlier, firefighters rescued three people trapped in a home alongside the flooding river, and saved three others from vehicles submerged in flood waters. However, the arrival of Bill’s core circulation east of the Blue Ridge will likely occur during the overnight hours, when instability is typically at a minimum. With modest wind shear expected, decent instability and moisture streaming ahead of Ex-Bill, we can’t rule some severe weather – including a low-end probability of weak tornadoes – late Saturday afternoon or, more likely, into Saturday evening.

The Army Corps of Engineers dispatched flood-fighting teams to southeast Missouri and southern Illinois to watch for levee trouble and to aid communities. Associated Press writers Claudia Lauer and Allen Reed in Little Rock, Arkansas, Sean Murphy in Oklahoma City, Justin Juozapavicius in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Margaret Stafford in Kansas City, Missouri, contributed to this report.

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