At Least 13 Killed by Storms, Flooding in US South, Midwest

Lauren Perry
May 9, 2017

As emergency crews continue rescue and recovery efforts, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott surveyed areas ravaged by a series of tornadoes, about 60 miles east of the Dallas metro area.

"You saw homes and other buildings that were incompletely flattened, as well as others that were nothing more than rubble", he said, adding that he saw "large swath after large swath of devastation". "I'm just devastated. Thank God they weren't here".

Dozens more were injured, according to United States officials.

"It's just a miracle that more people weren't killed or severely injured, and I'm so sorry for the families that lost loved ones, and it's wonderful the devastation that a tornado can cause in such a little bit of time", Schulgen said.

More than a foot of water fell in parts of the state from Friday through Sunday, causing widespread flooding that led to hundreds of water rescues and killed at least three people in the state.

A ten-year-old girl drowned in Springdale, Arkansas, and the body of a woman who disappeared while riding on an inflatable ring was found in a creek in Eureka Springs. One man couldn't save his 72-year-old wife from floodwaters that swept away their vehicle Saturday. There are two children and their mother still missing after their truck was swept off a bridge 209 kilometers (130 miles) northwest of Little Rock. Despite the man's efforts to rescue his wife, their vehicle was swept away with the 72-year-old woman inside.

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High water in Missouri on Monday forced about 330 roads to close, including a stretch of Interstate 44 near Rolla, the state transportation department said on its website.

"These floods may well be deep and destructive", Greitens said, according to the AP. The deaths included a fire chief and a 2-year-old girl, who was the youngest of the fatalities. 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.

A 7-year-old boy was killed in MS when the Associated Press reports he unplugged an electric golf cart and dropped the power cord in water on the ground and was shocked.

In addition, according to the Agency, there are victims in the States of MS and Missouri. In Tennessee, a two-year-old girl died after being struck by a football goal post thrown by heavy winds. Middle Tennessee was hit by a strong line of storms that knocked down trees and power lines. "This afternoon I declared a State of Emergency for Arkansas to ensure that we have in place available resources to assist counties affected by last night's storms".

Aon reported in March that severe convective weather conditions in the USA between March 13 and March 17 is expected to result in an economic loss of more than $1 billion, which, combined with other events in the month resulted in US severe weather losses of beyond $2 billion in March alone. Tornado warnings were issued for parts of southeastern Alabama and central Georgia Monday morning by the National Weather Service. There is a severe weather warning of isolated tornadoes, high winds and large hail for 22 million people in six states from North Carolina to NY.

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