Storms, winds, hail and tor­na­does strike South, Mid­west over week­end

New Straits Times - - World -


PARTS of the Mid­west and the South were re­cov­er­ing yes­ter­day af­ter a week­end round of storms, winds, hail and tor­na­does killed at least 14 peo­ple.

A chance re­mained for more se­vere weather in the South.

Parts of the Florida Pan­han­dle, Alabama, Ge­or­gia and Mis­sis­sippi could be af­fected by se­vere thun­der­storms, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice.

Tor­na­does hit towns in East Texas, killing four peo­ple. Flood­ing and winds killed five peo­ple in Arkansas, in­clud­ing a fire chief who was struck by a ve­hi­cle while work­ing dur­ing the storm.

In Mis­souri, two deaths were re­ported, in­clud­ing a woman who drowned af­ter rush­ing water swept away a car.

One of two deaths in Mis­sis­sippi in­cluded a 7-year-old who died by elec­tric shock.

A 2-year-old girl died in Ten­nessee af­ter be­ing struck by a foot­ball goal post thrown by heavy winds.

The storms rolled through Louisiana, Mis­sis­sippi and Alabama on Sun­day with strong winds caus­ing pock­ets of dam­age.

In Du­rant, Mis­sis­sippi, one died in the storms.

The Rankin County Sher­riff’s Depart­ment re­ported that a 7year-old boy had un­plugged an elec­tric golf cart and dropped the cord in water on the ground and was shocked to death.

In Ten­nessee, a 2-year-old girl died af­ter be­ing struck by a foot­ball goal post that was blown over by high winds, the Metro Nashville Po­lice Depart­ment said.

Mid­dle Ten­nessee was hit by a strong line of storms that knocked down trees and power lines on Sun­day.

In Arkansas, res­cuers con­tin­ued on Sun­day to look for an 18month-old girl and a 4-year-old boy who were in a ve­hi­cle swept off a bridge in Hindsville, the Madi­son County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice said.

A 10-year-old girl drowned in Spring­dale and the body of a woman who dis­ap­peared rid­ing an in­ner tube on Sat­ur­day was found in a creek in Eu­reka Springs. And a 65-year-old woman in De­Witt in was struck and killed in her home by a fall­ing tree, of­fi­cials said.

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


A man look­ing through de­bris in Can­ton, Texas, on Sun­day.

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