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As severe summer thunderstorms pounded much of the Eastern U.S. Saturday night and Sunday, a pregnant Ohio woman and two of her children were killed by floodwaters outside of Cincinnati.
Officials identified the woman as Victoria Kennerd, 32, of Ripley, NBC affiliate WLWT reported.
Kennerd, who was six months pregnant, was one of six people in a mobile home that was swept away by surging Red Oak Creek.
Authorities said a 7-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl who were inside also died in the flood, according to WLWT.
Kennerd's husband and two older children were in the mobile home but managed to survive, officials said.
"They were really good parents," Jeff Downing, Victoria Kennard's neighbor and half-brother, told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "They were just trying to make it like everybody else."
Dramatic images from Ripley showed a flipped over car, buckled garage doors and a torn up roadway —remnants of an unusually powerful thunderstorm that dropped four inches of rain in an hour, said Weather Channel meteorologist Jon Rowe.
“You get four inches of rain in that amount of time, it’s going to raise the water levels fast,” Rowe said.
More potentially dangerous storms were expected further east on Sunday night, in Western Massachusetts and New York, Rowe said.
In parched California, a rare storm was more welcome. Moisture from a hurricane off the coast of Baja California pushed north, breaking rainfall records in San Diego on Saturday, where more than an inch of rain was recorded, and delaying a game between the Padres and the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
“That’s big news,” Rowe said.
Storms were also churning through Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah.
In Wickenburg, outside Phoenix, monsoon rains tore through town, bringing everything from RVs to washers and dryers with it. “All of a sudden…it sounded like a freight train showed up,” Richard Seelnacht told NBC affiliate 12 News.
More heavy rain was expected on Monday in eastern Missouri and Kentucky, Rowe said, adding, "With the humidity like it is—any thunderstorm could dump a boatload of rain."