13 killed by storms and flooding in South and Midwest

Cheryl Sanders
May 14, 2017

Parts of the Midwest and South braced for more flooding Monday in the wake of weekend storms, tornadoes and flooding that proved fatal.

Parts of IN have received up to 20cm of rain IN the floods, while some areas IN Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas have been submerged IN floods 10cm deep.

On Saturday, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency after flooding and snow to the north from Winter Storm Ursa, the Weather Channel reported.

The authorities warned that severe storms potentially packing heavy winds, hail and tornadoes could hit parts of the mid-Atlantic and north-eastern United States by late yesterday. A severe weather statement, issued at 7:13 p.m. said radar detected a thunderstorm moving to the northeast.

Parts of the southern and midwestern USA are bracing for more severe weather on Monday after being battered by a succession of devastating winds, tornadoes and rains over the weekend. The Mississippi River was pushing 16 ½ feet above flood stage in Missouri's Cape Girardeau on Monday, a half-foot shy of the all-time record.

Reuters reported that at least five people were killed in tornadoes that struck the US state of Texas.

A fire chief in Arkansas was killed in an accident Sunday morning while checking an area during a thunderstorm, the Cleburne County Sheriff's office said on its Facebook page.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency had confirmed two deaths, one of them a child who was killed by electric shock in floodwater.

In Tennessee, a 2-year-old girl died after being struck by a soccer goal post thrown by heavy winds on Sunday.

Storms rolled eastward in a band stretching from Alabama into the Ohio River valley on Monday, leaving isolated pockets of damage in their wake.

Storms in Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Oklahoma left a trail of devastation, flattening homes and uprooting trees over the weekend.

Debris lies on the ground Sunday April 30, 2017, in Canton, Texas.

She and Kyle Carpenter were minutes away from getting married when her sister and brother-in-law's house was obliterated due to tornadoes ravaging through the area in Van Zandt County.

The network has shown the consequences of flooding in Missouri.

In western Kansas, tens of thousands of people lost electricity after up to 20 inches of snow fell, accompanied by winds up to 60 miles per hour. The patrol says Krueger's husband tried to rescue her from the rushing water but couldn't.

Also in Arkansas, search and rescue teams are still searching for a four-year-old boy and his 18-month-old sister who were separated from their mother when the auto they were in was swept away, the Madison County Sheriff's Office told BuzzFeed News.

"It is heartbreaking and upsetting to say the least", said Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett. The National Weather Service said Canton was hit by four tornadoes, with two packing winds of 136 miles to 165 miles (219 km to 265 km) per hour.

"We spent Saturday night serving coffee and refreshments at the Canton High School where a hastily prepared triage was set up for those injured by the tornado", Stephen Thomas, the director of the Salvation Army Lewisville Service Center and disaster volunteer said in a press release.

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