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11 dead, dozens hurt after tornadoes hit Texas, south US

16 May 2017

At least 14 people were killed and dozens injured, and the storms could put millions more at risk as they move north.

Mayor Lou Ann Everett said Sunday that at least four people died and nearly 50 others were injured, according to local media.

Sixteen months after a rare Christmas week flood devastated towns along the Meramec River near St. Louis, sandbags were rapidly piling up again Monday as the small but flood-prone river streamed over its banks, part of the aftermath of brutal weekend storms that also includes an ongoing search for two missing children in Arkansas.

Another person was killed on Saturday after a tree fell onto a mobile home in Dewitt, Arkansas County Emergency Management spokeswoman Whitney Green said.

Ernestine Cook of Canton, Texas, points out the damage to spotter Michael Search of Henderson, Texas, as they inspect the damage done to the I-20 Dodge dealership after a tornado hit Canton, Texas, Saturday, April 29, 2017.

A 72-year-old woman died after she was swept away by flood waters in Missouri, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

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The National Weather Service said flood warnings would likely be extended in parts of Oklahoma, northern Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois and in, where major to record flooding would continue.

"Unfortunately, it's Mother Nature and I guess there's not much we can do about it", Sindel said.

And a chance remained for more severe weather in the South.

Mayor Everett said 30 crews were working to restore electricity. The Rustic Barn, where a local high school was scheduled to hold its prom Saturday night, was completely flattened. Her brother was safe and the girl's body was found around midnight, police said.

At least three people have died in Arkansas after storms brought strong winds and floods.

It was also confirmed that a 10-year-old girl drowned in floodwater in Northwest Arkansas.

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Canton is known throughout Texas and neighboring states for its First Monday Trading Days, a monthly flea market that draws thousands of people and goes back 150 years.

The storms rolled through Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Sunday with strong winds causing isolated pockets of damage. Two people died in MS including a seven-year-old who died by electric shock.

Two deaths were reported in Missouri, including a woman who drowned after rushing water swept away a auto.

The governors of Missouri and Oklahoma declared states of emergency due to flooding.

In Mississippi, the state's Emergency Management Agency reported one death in the town of Durant and the death of a child in Rankin County. "Power lines and fences torn down over the roads, my friends' homes destroyed, there were buildings completely gone". "There are several places that have seen water levels several feet higher than anytime in Missouri's recorded history", he said.

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11 dead, dozens hurt after tornadoes hit Texas, south US