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2 GIRLS FEARED DROWNED IN SWOLLEN OHIO CREEK

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Two teenage girls apparently were swept away after wading into a rain-swollen creek in southern Ohio, where floods left part of one community under 6 feet of water.

Authorities planned to renew the search Wednesday for 15-year-old Karen McFadden and 16-year-old Felicia Smith, feared drowned in Paint Creek on Tuesday, said sheriff's Sgt. Terry Myers.Gov. Richard Celeste was expected to declare four southern counties disaster areas Wednesday, opening the way for state and federal relief.

Residents of Murray City were cleaning up from flash flooding caused by heavy rain Tuesday that left part of the community under 6 feet of water.

"This is all my husband and I own. We don't know where to start," said Helen James, 59, crying as she surveyed damage from 3 feet of water in their one-story house.

In North Carolina, a waterspout spawned by heavy thunderstorms came ashore at an Outer Banks campground Tuesday, lifting a man and his tent high into the air and dumping him in a marsh 70 feet away, officials said.

"He said it was just like Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz," said Diana Gardner, spokeswoman for Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City, where John Vergnes was in stable condition with five broken ribs.

"I was lifted very high and the tent was spinning," said Vergnes, 50, of Verona, Pa.

"I could feel the spinning motion and the upward lift, maybe for three seconds. I was carried across a channel . . . I was stripped completely of my clothes."

A dozen other tents at the campground were destroyed by the waterborne tornado, but no one else was hurt, said campground owner Ward Barnett.