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STORMS CAUSE FLOODS IN U.S. MIDSECTION

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Thunderstorms across much of the nation Monday caused flooding that forced evacuations in the nation's midsection and closed roads in the Southwest, while the mercury soared to springlike temperatures along the Atlantic Coast.

The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood watch for northern Illinois Monday as a line of thunderstorms swept across the state. Litchfield, Ill., reported 52-mph winds, and the temperature rose to 64 degrees in Chicago.More than 200 people were evacuated from their homes along the Vermillion River in east-central Illinois amid high waters churned by heavy rains and the springlike weather. A line of thunderstorms that brought torrential rain to north Texas Sunday and led to at least one death continued Monday. Paul Cooley, 13, drowned after falling into a rain-swollen creek in the Denton County suburb of Trophy Club. High pressure remained strong over the South Monday, extending the fair weather that generated record weekend temperatures.