Deadly storms and flooding in US Midwest, South

At least 13 people were killed and dozens more injured as storms tore through Texas, Missouri, Arkansas and MS, spawning tornadoes and floods that left a trail of devastation.

Over the weekend, tornadoes hit several small towns in East Texas, killing four people. Search teams went door to door Sunday after the tornadoes the day before flattened homes, uprooted trees and flipped several pickup trucks at a Dodge dealership there.

In Arkansas severe storms are blamed for at least one death and flooding that's closed roads in many areas. In Arkansas, a 65-year-old woman was killed when a tree was blown into her home Saturday.

"It is heartbreaking and upsetting, to say the least", the mayor said. Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency Monday for the counties of Henderson, Van Zandt and Rains.

A triage center has been set up at Canton High School where numerous injured were transported to local hospitals.

The body of a 72-year-old woman was recovered in southwestern Missouri after flood waters washed away her vehicle.

Tornadoes killed four people in Texas on Friday, and storms killed two in MS and a two-year old girl in Tennessee. She could not confirm news reports that the missing were children who were in a auto swept off a bridge. Ambulances and emergency vehicles line up at Canton High School after a tornado ripped through the city of Canton, in Texas, on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

In Mississippi, the state's Emergency Management Agency reported one death in the town of Durant and the death of a child in Rankin County.




Flooding, lightning and tornadoes caused at least five deaths in Arkansas, four in Texas, two each in MS and Missouri and one in Tennessee.

After a weekend of flooding rains from Arkansas through the Ozarks and the Ohio Valley, another storm system developing mid-week will bring another round of soaking rain through some of the same locations affected by significant flooding this past weekend.

Oncor, the electric utility that serves the area, reported more than 4,500 customers were without power late Sunday morning.

"We saw the the tornado drop out of the sky", said Fort Worth resident Cliff Henthorn, who was in Canton for the event.

Everett said authorities had confirmed four deaths in the area, down from the five deaths reported earlier, but cautioned that "it is a very fluid situation and that could change".

The Mississippi River was well above flood stage at several points, including Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where it is expected to crest later this week within a half-foot of the all-time record of 48.9 feet.

Tornadoes and flooding kill at least 14 as risky weather hammered parts of the midwest and the south. The auto was found in a farm field after the waters receded. Six remain hospitalized Sunday morning and two of those are in critical condition.

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