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Two more deaths were blamed Wednesday on the mammoth storms that ravaged Kentucky and parts of Indiana and West Virginia this week, which have left five other people missing.
Two people were previously confirmed to have been killed in Kentucky, a 56-year-old man and a 74-year-old woman.
On Wednesday, NBC station WLEX of Lexington reported that the body of a 22-year-old man who had earlier been listed as missing was discovered. Johnson County Coroner J.R. Frisby confirmed the death to The Associated Press.
And in Indiana authorities confirmed that a 67-year-old man whose body was found Tuesday in Clark County, just over the state border from Louisville, Kentucky, drowned in floodwaters.
The man's body was discovered floating in Fourteenmile Creek next to his truck in Charlestown, the Clark County Sheriff's Office said. It said the man apparently drove his vehicle into a flooded part of Tunnel Mill Road and was swept into the creek sometime Tuesday morning.
Meanwhile, Kentucky State Police were still searching for five people unaccounted for Wednesday, including two who were spotted being swept away by floodwater, Trooper Steven Mounts told reporters.
Gov. Steve Beshear declared a state of emergency to speed state money and resources to local authorities, but downed power lines complicated the search in devastated Johnson County, about 100 miles east of Lexington.
About 150 homes were destroyed, and hundreds more were damaged. In Fleming County, outside Lexington, wind ripped a mobile home in half and threw it several feet.
In West Virginia, a 2.6-mile-long segment of state Highway 82 remained closed Wednesday east of Birch River in Nicholas County as Highway Division workers labored to clean up after a large landslide caused by heavy rain.
Regional maintenance engineer James Moore said rocks and debris still littered the roadway and warned that further bad weather could delay full reopening of the highway past Friday.
The severe weather threat Wednesday is highest for the Plains and the Southeast, The Weather Channel reported. Kentucky is expected to get a needed reprieve.