'The Ones For Texas' Tornado Relief Drive

Olive Rios
May 13, 2017

Another storm-related death was reported in the southern part of the state, where a woman died after being hit by a fallen tree, WHNT reported. More than 100 highways also were shut in neighboring Arkansas, state officials said. Mayor Lou Ann Everett said Sunday that at least four people died and nearly 50 others were injured, according to local media.

It's not over yet.

These storms are associated with a system that produced severe weather in parts of the Midwest and the South that killed 14 people over the weekend.

In the St Louis area, as warnings were broadcast for severe thunderstorms, some people were told to evacuate and 33 rescues were conducted, mostly in the state's central and south-western regions, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens said. Normally docile creeks swelled to unsafe levels, and river levels jumped.

The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency counted 143 water rescues statewide, but it acknowledged that countless others probably were not reported.

About five people rush to rescue a baby from floodwaters moving rapidly past overturned vehicle.

Van Zandt and Henderson counties, along with neighboring rural communities, made national headlines after severe storms ripped through the area, killing four and damaging an estimated 5,000 homes due to tornado activity. Also in northwest Arkansas, rescuers continued their search for an 18-month-old girl and a 4-year-old boy after their mother's auto was swept off a bridge by high waters in Hindsville, the Madison County Sheriff's Office said. Several men worked frantically in an area 50 miles from Dallas to pull a man and two young children from an overturned pickup in rushing water.

Flooding, lightning and tornadoes caused at least five deaths in Arkansas, four in Texas, two each in MS and Missouri and one in Tennessee.

Mark fox, meteorologist in National Weather Service, said that a minimum of one tornado stroke Canton near Dallas. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 18-year-old Gideon Jenkins, of Richland, was killed early Sunday when his vehicle was caught in flash floodwaters as he attempted to drive across a low-water crossing in Pulaski County.

More severe weather was expected in the South.

Further north, in Missouri, a woman drowned when her vehicle was swept away by fast-moving flood waters Saturday. The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management said at least five people had died in the storms. Cellphone video showed a man holding the limp body of an infant. One of two deaths in MS included a 7-year-old who died by electric shock and a 2-year-old girl died in Tennessee after being struck by a soccer goal post thrown by heavy winds.

"Many of the rivers in these states have crested or (are) nearing crest and remain in moderate or major flood category".

In Illinois, prison inmates were helping with sandbagging in the towns of Murphysboro and Desoto. Interstate 70 in western Kansas was closed because crews were waiting for snow falling at 3 to 4 inches an hour being blown by 35 mph winds to subside.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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