Severe storms strike neighboring counties

Cheryl Sanders
May 13, 2017

By Sunday afternoon, four deaths had been confirmed and two people were still unaccounted for, Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett told the newspaper.

The National Weather Service warns people from the flooding as it is expected that the storms will go on until Sunday.

Further north, in the Midwestern state of Missouri, a women drowned when her vehicle was swept away by fast moving flood waters on Saturday.

"We're just trying to make whatever recovery efforts we can, as soon as we can", Johnson said. One of two deaths in MS included a 7-year-old who was electrocuted after unplugging an electric golf cart and dropping the cord in water on the ground. "But our little subdivision was the only one hit", Haik said.

Two people were killed in Tennessee in storm-related incidents, authorities said.

Jessica Carter and Kyle Carpenter were minutes away from getting married when Carter's sister and brother-in-law's house was obliterated in East Texas, CBS DFW reports.

Rescue teams searched damaged buildings on Sunday. Tornado warnings were issued for parts of southeastern Alabama and central Georgia Monday morning by the National Weather Service. The reports include 30 reports of tornadoes from Texas to IL and MS on Saturday and Sunday.

In a Sunday morning news conference, Canton officials said roads have been blocked due to downed power lines and fallen trees. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 18-year-old Gideon Jenkins, of Richland, was killed early Sunday when his vehicle was caught in flash floodwaters as he attempted to drive across a low-water crossing in Pulaski County. The agency did not provide further details, but the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office said on its Facebook page that Fire Chief Doug Deckard died "in a tragic accident" while checking an area during a thunderstorm. Police say 65-year-old Julia Schwede was killed when a tree was blown into her home Saturday night. One person is still unaccounted for.

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens said over 30 rescues have been conducted and some residents have been told to evacuate.

They cut a huge swath of destruction across the East Texas town of Canton and neighboring Van Zandt County communities.

The town of Canton, located about 80 kilometres east of Dallas, was especially hard hit.

The first reports of tornadoes came about 4:45 p.m. Saturday, but emergency crews were hampered by continuing severe weather, said Judge Don Kirkpatrick, the chief executive for Van Zandt County. In Rankin County, a child died from an electric shock in floodwater.

Throughout the region, tornadoes tore roofs off homes, ripped trees out of the ground and tossed cars around "like toys", one witness said.

Tornadoes in East Texas killed four people, five people were killed in Arkansas during high winds and flooding, two people were killed in each Missouri and MS, and one in Tennessee.

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