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Midwest, South brace for flooding and tornadoes


At least 14 people have been killed by tornadoes or floods as a severe storm slammed the southern and midwestern United States over the weekend.

Four tornadoes touched down in Eustace, Caney City and Canton, Texas, Saturday afternoon and evening, killing four people the National Weather Service and police authorities 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. Flooding also closed roads in hundreds of other places around Missouri. In Arkansas, a 65-year-old woman was killed when a tree was blown into her home Saturday. Damage there "is heartbreaking and upsetting to say the least", she added.

Middle Tennessee was hit by a strong line of storms that knocked down trees and power lines earlier Sunday.

The storms cut a path of destruction 56km long and 24km wide in Van Zandt County, Mayor Everett said. Officials in Washington County reported that a water rescue turned into a recovery without giving more detail on the victim.

The body of a 72-year-old woman was recovered in southwestern Missouri after flood waters washed away her vehicle, authorities said. At least 16 people died, and authorities are still searching for two children in Arkansas swept away by floodwaters and now presumed dead. The East Texas Medical Center system hospitals in the area took in 54 patients, with one of those in critical condition.

Rainfall amounts of 4-6 inches have been reported in Missouri and Texas, with some areas seeing up to 9 inches, the National Weather Service said.

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

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According to Yonhap news agency, the parts include two or three launchers, intercept missiles and a radar. The South Korean military was monitoring the situation and "firmly maintaining readiness", it said.

The governors of Arkansas and Missouri have declared states of emergency over the storms and flooding.

More than 30 million Americans remain under flash flood watches and warnings Sunday as the storm moves eastward.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said it has confirmed two deaths in the state, including a child killed by "an electric shock in floodwater".

First responders from across the state continue to comb through overturned cars and the homes destroyed by the tornadoes.

A video taken at 6:28 p.m.by Tim Marshall shows a wedge tornado in Canton moments before a vehicle dealership was destroyed.

A second death was reported Sunday, though information about the circumstances was not immediately available.

Flooding closed part of Interstate 44 near Hazelgreen, Missouri, and officials expected it would be at least a day before the highway reopened.

Dee Andre Johnson, 48, hauls off branches Monday, May 1, 2017, that fell on his neighbor's house Sunday morning, during a possible tornado that swept through Durant, Miss.

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