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Storms flood roads, damage homes

Lightning hit the Tri-State Tuesday morning Lightning hit the Tri-State Tuesday morning
Lightning damaged this home in Warren County Lightning damaged this home in Warren County
Flooding in Franklin County, Indiana Flooding in Franklin County, Indiana
Flooding in Batesville Flooding in Batesville
The Ohio River rose dangerously close to these cars near Great American Ball Park The Ohio River rose dangerously close to these cars near Great American Ball Park

Heavy storms moved through the Tri-State Tuesday, dumping several inches of rain in may areas, flooding local roads and damaging homes.

The storms dropped around 2 to 6 inches of rain throughout the day in the Greater Cincinnati area. 

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Heavy flooding was been reported in Franklin County, Ind., especially in Laurel, where as much as six inches of rain fell on Tuesday. At least ten people had to be rescued from their homes.

"Rescue went out on (the) road and got a family of five, then we got a mom and child out of a trailer south of town here," said Chief Roger Reams with the Laurel Fire Department.

Franklin County issued a 'Level 2' road emergency Tuesday afternoon, meaning drivers had to stay off the roads unless they were emergency personnel.

Interstate 74 was closed in both directions between Batesville and Greensburg for several hours due to high water.

Batesville also suffered from flooding after the flood waters began rising fast.

"Within five minutes the water went up another five inches so it was rising pretty fast," said Batesville resident Luke Pierson.

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Several cases of hail were reported on Tuesday morning, and a few homes were struck by lightning in Warren County. One home on Charleston Park Drive suffered thousands of dollars in damage to the roof, attic and second floor. No one was injured.

As many as 10,000 Duke Energy customers were without power in Kentucky and Ohio during the storm.

Despite all of the rain, the Ohio River is not expected to reach its flood state of 52 feet.

You can track the weather using our Interactive Doppler Radar.

A little further south, about 3 inches of rain was dumped on Louisville, Ky. National Weather Service hydrologist Mike Callahan says some parts of the city were also pelted by marble-sized hail for as long as 20 minutes Tuesday morning. Churchill Downs Race Track is under water, and the Kentucky National Guard is going to Louisville to assist law enforcement.

In southern Indiana, as much as 7 inches of rain fell in the rural areas of Jackson and Brown Counties.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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