Severe storms and devastating floods have killed at least 20 people in the southern and midwestern states of the U.S., according to The Weather Channel.
Authorities put a severe weather warning in place, and several states put in place states of emergency. States from North Carolina to New York were also considered at risk of extreme flooding and high winds with meteorologists warning that the stormy weather will hit other states in the following days. “Severe thunderstorms will move through portions of New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia,” a meteorologist at AccuWeather Storm Warning said in a statement.
Seven tornadoes struck northeastern Texas Saturday, killing five and leaving dozens injured.
Storms in Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Oklahoma left a trail of devastation, flattening homes and uprooting trees over the weekend. Several people across the states have died in the storms, with several in vehicles washed away by strong flood waters.
In Arkansas, seven people have died, including a fireman who was hit by a vehicle while rescuing others trapped by the storm.
The body of a 72-year-old woman was found in a submerged car in a field in southwest Missouri Saturday.
Authorities told 150 households to evacuate the town of Pocahontas, Arkansas, on Monday, as rising Black River overflowed, closing several roads. The state governor, Eric Greitens, has declared a state emergency for all of southern Missouri.
The extreme weather has claimed the lives of several children, including a 7-year-old boy who was electrocuted in Mississippi after he unplugged an electric golf cart and dropped the cable into a puddle.
A two-year-old girl in Tennessee died after she was struck by a football goal post uprooted by the strong winds.
Two toddlers were in a vehicle swept off a bridge in Hindsville, Arkansas; rescuers have recovered the body of the 4-year-old boy but have not yet found his 18-month-old sister. The children’s mother was able to swim to safety after the flood waters washed the car off a bridge, but was unable to find the children, Fox 16 reported.
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