Tornadoes, flooding kill 6 in parts of South, Midwest

Kris Ingram, a DJ hired to perform at a prom at The Rustic Barn, looks through debris for his equipment after the event venue in Canton, Texas, sustained major tornado damage on Sunday.

Powerful storms that generated flooding and tornadoes across the south-central United States killed at least 12 people over the weekend.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is responsible for issuing severe weather warnings across the U.S., said there were 769 preliminary reports of severe weather from Saturday to Monday as of 0300 UTC.

Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett told WFAA-TV on Monday that widespread debris makes access hard to some residential areas.

The NWS said on Monday that "major to record flooding" continued over portions of the central USA, including Oklahoma, northern Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

At least two other people reportedly died in storm-related incidents, while two children were missing after their mother's auto was swept from a road by flood waters in Madison County. According to CNN, one of those killed was a 72-year-old woman who was stranded in her vehicle as it was swept away by flood waters.

Two people were killed by the storm in MS, including a seven-year-old girl who died by electric shock and a two-year-old who was struck by a heavy, metal football goal post thrown by strong winds. Parts of southwestern Missouri and northern Arkansas received up to 11 inches of rain over the weekend, according to the Weather Channel.

A two-year-old and a seven-year-old child are among the 14 victims who have been killed by a series of severe tornadoes and flooding in the south and midwest of the US.

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

On Sunday in Missouri, the state highway patrol said that 18-year-old Gideon Jenkins died after his vehicle was swept away by flash floods while trying to traverse a low-water crossing area.

Middle Tennessee was hit by a strong line of storms that knocked down trees and power lines earlier Sunday. The agency did not provide further details, but the Cleborne 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.

In Missouri, the danger came in the form or raging flood waters.

Fierce tornadoes swept through the east Texan towns of Canton, Eustace and Caney City, which killed another four people, and injured 50 others. Two others also lost their lives in the state due to the storm, the paper reported. Also, a 65-year-old woman in DeWitt in the eastern part of the state was struck and killed in her home by a falling tree, officials said. She said the devastation is heartbreaking and called it a miracle that her friends are alive.

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



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