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Powerful storm front that killed 16 threatens eastern United States

09 May 2017

At least 13 people were killed and dozens more injured as storms tore through Texas, Missouri, Arkansas and MS, spawning tornadoes and floods that left a trail of devastation.

An Arkansas volunteer fire department chief was killed while working during storms in north-central Arkansas, state police said.

The Cleburne County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Sunday afternoon that Cove Creek Pearson Fire Chief Doug Deckard died during a "tragic accident" while serving in the middle of a torrential thunderstorm.

At least 5 people have been killed in that natural disaster along with more than 45 people who were injured.

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Authorities told 150 households to evacuate the town of Pocahontas, Arkansas, on Monday, as rising Black River overflowed, closing several roads.

A flash flood warning existed in the county due to heavy rainfall, Parts of Henderson County got an estimated six inches of rain.The Henderson County tornado watch was discontinued at 9:39 p.m.

Two died in MS: a 7-year-old boy electrocuted after unplugging an electric golf cart and dropping the cord in a puddle, and a man killed when a tree fell onto his house. In Tennessee, a two-year-old girl died after being struck by a football goal post thrown by heavy winds.

Officials say two children are also missing in Arkansas after a vehicle was swept off a bridge in Hindsville in the northwest part of the state.

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Three tornadoes were confirmed by the U.S. National Weather Service in Canton, a city about 60 miles east of Dallas in Van Zandt County.

"Many of the rivers in these states have crested or (are) nearing crest and remain in moderate or major flood category". Canton Mayor Lou Ann Gullett Everett stressed conditions on the ground are too risky at this time for volunteers, but they will be needed once the situation is stabilized. Wind and flood advisories were in effect for much of the state Monday.

NWS Fort Worth have increased the number of tornadoes in their report, a seventh tornado is said to have made a brief touchdown in the southwestern area of Van Zandt County.

The National Weather Service found evidence of four tornadoes with one twister possibly on the ground for 50 miles (80 kilometers). It might have been more if not for the heroics of several men who worked frantically in an area 50 miles from Dallas to pull a man and two young children from an overturned pickup in rushing water.

The first reports of tornadoes came about 4.45pm on Saturday, but emergency crews were hampered by continuing severe weather.

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