Heavy rain to increase flood threat in parts of the US this weekend

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Rain, T-storms move toward East Coast on Independence Day

By Brett Rathbun, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist

A dangerous and potentially life-threatening flooding situation will unfold from parts of Kansas to Ohio this weekend.

Multiple rounds of heavy rain will drench the mid-Mississippi and Ohio valleys during the Fourth of July weekend.

The heaviest rain is likely to fall from northeastern Kansas and southeastern Nebraska to central Indiana.

"Heavy rain and thunderstorms will bring flash flooding to eastern Kansas and northern and central Missouri through Sunday morning," AccuWeather Meteorologist Steve Travis said.

On Saturday, numerous water rescues were performed in Wichita, Kansas, where over 5 inches of rain fell.

"The threat for flooding will shift eastward from northern and central Missouri to central Indiana during Sunday and across the Ohio Valley on the Fourth of July," Travis said.

Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are possible from Topeka, Kansas, to Kansas City; Springfield, Illinois; and Indianapolis. Isolated amounts up to 6 inches or more are possible.

West Virginia flooding in June:

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Jimmy Scott gets a hug from Anna May Watson, left, as they clean up from severe flooding in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Friday, June 24, 2016. Scott lost his home to the flood and a fire that consumed his and the homes of several relatives. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Mark Lester, left, and a local firefighter look through the remnants of the home of Ron Scott which was torn off it's foundation and burned after severe flooding in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Friday, June 24, 2016. A deluge of 9 inches of rain on parts of West Virginia destroyed or damaged more than 100 homes and knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Ron Scott, right, recovers a shirt from the burned remnants of his home that was swept off it's foundation and burned after from severe flooding hit in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Friday, June 24, 2016. A deluge of 9 inches of rain on parts of West Virginia destroyed or damaged more than 100 homes and knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Kelly Vaughan looks over flood damaged belongings in her fathers home as they clean up from severe flooding in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Friday, June 24, 2016. There were several fatalities around the state. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Isabel Vaughan, sorts through some of her grandfathers belongings as as they clean up from severe flooding in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Friday, June 24, 2016. There were several fatalities around the state. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Emergency crews take out boats on a flooded I-79 at the Clendenin Exit, after the state was pummeled by up to 10 inches of rain on Thursday, causing rivers and streams to overflow into neighboring communities, in Kanawha County, West Virginia, June 24, 2016. West Virginia Department of Transportation/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Emergency crews take out boats on a flooded I-79 at the Clendenin Exit, after the state was pummeled by up to 10 inches of rain on Thursday, causing rivers and streams to overflow into neighboring communities, in Kanawha County, West Virginia, June 24, 2016. West Virginia Department of Transportation/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
A damaged car is seen after the state was pummeled by up to 10 inches of rain on Thursday, causing rivers and streams to overflow into neighboring communities, in Elkview, West Virginia, June 24, 2016. West Virginia Department of Transportation/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
A White Sulphur Springs resident sorts through debris as the cleanup begins from severe flooding in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Friday, June 24, 2016. A deluge of 9 inches of rain on parts of West Virginia destroyed or damaged more than 100 homes and knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Lee Bland, of White Sulphur Springs, looks for belongings in the burned out home of a relative as they clean up from severe flooding in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Friday, June 24, 2016. A deluge of 9 inches of rain on parts of West Virginia destroyed or damaged more than 100 homes and knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Mark Bowes, of White Sulphur Springs W. Va., makes his way to the road as he cleans up from severe flooding in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Friday, June 24, 2016. A deluge of 9 inches of rain on parts of West Virginia destroyed or damaged more than 100 homes and knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Anna May Watson, right, hugs a relative as they clean up from severe flooding in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Friday, June 24, 2016. A deluge of 9 inches of rain on parts of West Virginia destroyed or damaged more than 100 homes and knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
In this photo released by the The Weather Channel, a vehicle rests on the roof after flooding near White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Friday, June 24, 2016. Multiple fatalities have been reported in flooding that has devastated parts of the state, a state official said Friday morning. The fatalities included at least one child and one adult. Justin Michaels/The Weather Channel via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT.
Mark Lester cleans out a box with creek water as he cleans up from severe flooding in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Friday, June 24, 2016. A deluge of 9 inches of rain on parts of West Virginia destroyed or damaged more than 100 homes and knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
The West Virginia State Highway 4 along the Elk River shows extensive damages after flood water has dropped in the Clendenin, West Virginia, U.S., June 25, 2016. hit by flooding. Courtesy West Virginia Department of Transportation/Handout via REUTERS 
High water is seen at Big Chimney, after the state was pummeled by up to 10 inches of rain on Thursday, causing rivers and streams to overflow into neighboring communities, in Kanawha County, West Virginia, June 24, 2016. West Virginia Department of Transportation/Handout via Reuters 
Bridgeport W.Va. fireman, Ryan Moran, marks a flooded home as searched and empty as he and a crew search homes in Rainelle, W. Va., Saturday, June 25, 2016. Heavy rains that pummeled West Virginia left multiple people dead, and authorities said Saturday that an unknown number of people in the hardest-hit county remained unaccounted for. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
West Virginia Natural Resources police officer Chris Lester searches a flooded home in Rainelle, W. Va., Saturday, June 25, 2016. About 32,000 West Virginia homes and businesses remain without power Saturday after severe flooding hit the state. The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management also said Saturday that more than 60 secondary roads in the state were closed.. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
West Virginia Natural Resources police officer Chris Lester, left, walks into the top floor of a flooded home as he and Lt. Dennis Feazell search homes in Rainelle, W. Va., Saturday, June 25, 2016. About 32,000 West Virginia homes and businesses remain without power Saturday after severe flooding hit the state. The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management also said Saturday that more than 60 secondary roads in the state were closed. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
West Virginia State Trooper C.S. Hartman, left, and Bridgeport W.Va. fireman, Ryan Moran, wade through flooded streets as they search homes in Rainelle, W. Va., Saturday, June 25, 2016. Teams were rescuing people from second-story windows, the hoods of cars and the tops of trees as floodwaters drenched southeastern West Virginia. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
This Thursday June 23, 2016 image provided by the Greenbrier shows flooding on the 17th green of the Old White Course at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. Severe flooding hit the area that is scheduled to host a PGA tour event in two weeks. (Cam Huffman/The Greenbrier via AP)
Ron Scott, right, recovers a shirt from the burned remnants of his home that was swept off it's foundation and burned after from severe flooding hit in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Friday, June 24, 2016. A deluge of 9 inches of rain on parts of West Virginia destroyed or damaged more than 100 homes and knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Rainelle W.Va. Mayor, Andrea Pendleton, right, talks to resident Nicholas Remick as she tours the flooded streets of Rainelle, W. Va., Saturday, June 25, 2016. Heavy rains that pummeled West Virginia left multiple people dead, and authorities said Saturday that an unknown number of people in the hardest-hit county remained unaccounted for. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Residents walk past an overturned car as the cleanup begins from severe flooding in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Friday, June 24, 2016. A deluge of 9 inches of rain on parts of West Virginia destroyed or damaged more than 100 homes and knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Mark Bowes, of White Sulphur Springs W. Va., makes his way to the road as he cleans up from severe flooding in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Friday, June 24, 2016. A deluge of 9 inches of rain on parts of West Virginia destroyed or damaged more than 100 homes and knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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Travel delays are expected on the road and in the air for anyone traveling for the Fourth of July holiday.

Those traveling at highway speeds are urged to slow down in any heavy downpour to reduce the risk of hydroplaning.

Should any roads get covered with water, turn around and find an alternate route. It only takes a foot of rushing water to carry away a small vehicle.

Flooding will progress from urban and poor drainage areas to progressively larger streams this weekend and some of the major waterways, including the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, this week.

Those living in low-lying and flood-prone areas should have an emergency preparedness kit on hand in the event of an evacuation.

Conditions are expected to slowly improve early this week as the worst of the rain shifts to the Tennessee Valley and mid-Atlantic. Evening fireworks shows could stay as planned across the Plains and Missouri Valley but may be delayed or cancelled across portions of the Ohio Valley as showers and thunderstorms may stick around into the evening hours.

The risk for flooding will spread eastward early this week into West Virginia and the mid-Atlantic states.

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