Washington D.C. (U.S.), May 1 (ANI): As many as eight persons were killed after a line of deadly storms caused flooding in Texas, Missouri, Arkansas and MS, the authorities said.
Tornadoes ripped through an East Texas county on Saturday evening, killing at least four people and injuring dozens of others, while high winds, falling trees and floods killed five others in neighboring states, according to news reports.
Tornadoes hit several small towns in East Texas, killing four people.
At least 4 people have been killed and almost 50 people were sent to the hospital for storm-related injuries.
In neighboring Arkansas, at least three people are dead and two missing, authorities said. In Missouri, a 72-year-old woman drowned even as her husband tried to save her as the vehicle they were in was swept away by rushing waters in Clever, Missouri, reports the Kansas City Star.
The storms caused floods in neighbouring states, killing a 72-year-old woman in southwestern Missouri who was washed away in her vehicle, according to local media reports.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said a 72-year-old woman drowned despite her husband's efforts to save her as their vehicle was swept away by rushing waters on Saturday near Clever in south-west Missouri. The Ben Wheeler Fire Department reported finding one person dead in a field near Canton, also in the vicinity of State Highway 64. In Rankin County, a child died from an electric shock in floodwater.
"We saw the the tornado drop out of the sky", he said.
Middle Tennessee was hit by a strong line of storms that knocked down trees and power lines earlier Sunday.
Widespread flooding has led to the closing of numerous roads and caused water damage in some areas.
The Austin metro area was largely spared, with only isolated storms and hail before a cold front eventually brought sunshine and significantly cooler temperatures Sunday morning.
A spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management told AFP severe weather had caused at least five fatalities in that state.
According to a National Weather Service survey team, a preliminary report shows an EF-3 or EF-4 tornado hit the Canton area. Heavy rainfall in the Midwest is expected to continue into Sunday, along with wind gusts of 60 miles (95 km) per hour. Mayor Everett said 30 crews were working to restore electricity.
The National Weather Service found evidence of four tornadoes with one twister possibly on the ground for 50 miles.
The weather was also blamed for damaged homes, downed trees and power lines across Mississippi.