Tor­na­does and flood­ing kill at least 11 in U.S. South, Mid­west

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

At least 11 peo­ple have been killed by tor­na­does or flood­ing in the South and Mid­west by a storm that also dumped a rare late-sea­son bliz­zard in west­ern Kansas on Sun­day.

Tor­na­does hit sev­eral small towns in East Texas, killing four peo­ple. Three peo­ple were killed by flood­ing and winds in Arkansas, with of­fi­cials say­ing two more peo­ple are miss­ing. Rush­ing wa­ter swept away a car, drown­ing a woman in Mis­souri; and a death was re­ported in Sun­day morn­ing storms that raked Mis­sis­sippi.

Flood­ing closed part of In­ter­state 44 near Hazel­green, Mo., and of­fi­cials ex­pected it would be at least a day be­fore the high­way re­opened. In­ter­state 70 in west­ern Kansas was closed be­cause crews were wait­ing for snow to sub­side that was fall­ing at eight to 10 cen­time­tres an hour that was be­ing blown by 55 km/h winds. An Arkansas vol­un­teer fire de­part­ment chief was killed while work­ing dur­ing storms in north-cen­tral Arkansas, state po­lice said.

A two-year-old girl in Ten­nessee died af­ter be­ing struck by a metal soc­cer goal­post that was blown over by high winds, The Metro Nashville Po­lice De­part­ment posted on its Twit­ter page on Sun­day evening.

In Texas, search teams were go­ing door to door Sun­day af­ter the tor­na­does the day be­fore flat­tened homes, up­rooted trees and flipped sev­eral pickup trucks at a deal­er­ship

The storms cut a path of de­struc­tion 55 kilo­me­tres long and 25 kilo­me­tres wide in Van Zandt County, Everett said. The largely ru­ral area is about 80 kilo­me­tres east of Dal­las.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice found ev­i­dence of four tor­na­does, with one twis­ter pos­si­bly on the ground for 80 kilo­me­tres.

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