Storms, tornadoes leave trail of death and damage in US

Multiple tornadoes ripped through a town in eastern Texas on Saturday evening, killing at least five people and injuring dozens of others, according to authorities, who warned the number of casualties could rise.PHOTO: REUTERS
Texas was hit by at least four tornadoes yesterday, leaving behind damaged property and overturned cars, as well as causing at least five fatalities in the state.
Texas was hit by at least four tornadoes yesterday, leaving behind damaged property and overturned cars, as well as causing at least five fatalities in the state.PHOTOS: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY, REUTERS
Texas was hit by at least four tornadoes yesterday, leaving behind damaged property and overturned cars, as well as causing at least five fatalities in the state.
Texas was hit by at least four tornadoes yesterday, leaving behind damaged property and overturned cars, as well as causing at least five fatalities in the state.PHOTOS: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY, REUTERS

HOUSTON • Deadly weekend storms have left at least 14 dead in the mid-western and southern United States, as eastern regions faced potential damaging winds and isolated tornadoes yesterday.

Severe weather devastated homes, overturned cars and felled trees, with the National Weather Service (NWS) confirming at least four tornadoes in Texas.

The mayor of Canton, Texas - a city some 95km east of Dallas - said the death toll there stood at four.

A spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management said severe weather had caused at least five fatalities in the state. A woman was killed when a tree fell on her mobile home in DeWitt, and a 10-year-old girl was killed after flood waters swept her away in Springdale, ABC News reported. The Cleburne County sheriff said a fire chief responding to the storm was killed on Sunday.

At least two other people reportedly died in storm-related incidents, while two children were missing after their mother's car was swept from a road by flood waters in Madison County. As many as 100,000 homes and businesses lost power, and Governor Asa Hutchinson declared a state of emergency on Sunday night.

Heavy rains also lashed the mid-western state of Missouri, with at least two reported casualties. According to CNN, one of those killed was a 72-year-old woman who was stranded in her car as it was swept away by flood waters.

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.

In Tennessee, a two-year-old girl was pronounced dead at a hospital in Nashville after she was struck by a heavy metal football goalpost blown over by heavy winds, according to the city's police department.

As of late Sunday, the NWS was projecting major flooding to continue in parts of eastern Oklahoma, northern Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

The authorities warned that severe storms potentially packing heavy winds, hail and tornadoes could hit parts of the mid-Atlantic and north-eastern US by late yesterday.

GENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 02, 2017, with the headline 'Storms, tornadoes leave trail of death and damage in US'. Print Edition | Subscribe