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FRANKFORT, Ky. - Five people were killed in three separate Kentucky drowning accidents involving floodwaters from a weekend-long storm.

Three of the people died in a car that became trapped in overflowing water from the Rolling Fork River along Walter Hall Road and Dee Head Road, near New Hope, Ky., according to officials from Kentucky Emergency Management.

KEM officials said three of the five people in the car were unable to escape the vehicle and drowned.

Nelson County officials said both of the unidentified survivors were taken to Flaget Memorial Hospital where they were admitted and treated for hyperthermia.

“This is such a tragic loss -- our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims’ families,” said Joe Prewitt, director of Nelson County Emergency Management. “This is a stark reminder why we caution people to never, never attempt to drive through, walk through or allow children to play in flood waters.”

Another drowning occurred in Carroll County, near Carrollton, Ky., when an ATV was overturned by flooded creek water. Officials with KEM said the driver was trapped underneath the vehicle on Gilgal Road and drowned.

Police found the third victim inside an abandoned car in a flooded ditch in Ballard County.

The coroners in the respective counties where the drowning incidents took place are working to identify the bodies. 

While no other injuries were reported, weather disputed the lives of many communities across the Commonwealth.

In addition to heavy rain and flooding, a tornado was confirmed near Greensburg, Ky., according to the National Weather Service.

KEM said Harrison County reported several barns, outbuildings and two mobile homes were damaged or destroyed by strong winds.

High winds are also blamed for extensive power outages and damage to trees and structures across the state.

For weather and flood warning information for your area visit www.weather.gov.

For highway conditions and posted road closures visit www.511.ky.gov or call 511.

For weather safety tips, valuable resources and to ‘like’ KYEM on Facebook and to ‘follow’ on Twitter, visit www.kyem.ky.gov.

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