Several Deaths And Injuries Ensue After Heavy Flooding And Tornados Strike Texas

The mayor of Canton, Texas - a city some 60 miles (95 kilometers) east of Dallas - said the death toll there stood at four.

"Many areas from Louisiana up toward Missouri and into IL saw rainfall totals over 7 inches (with some localized amounts up to a foot) fall within 48 hours", Guy said.

Even though the dealership only suffered property damage, Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett confirmed Sunday evening that four people were killed in the storm.

The storms was still going through Alabama on Sunday, with a flash flood watch until Monday and high winds expected, according to the National Weather Service.

States from North Carolina to NY were also considered at risk of extreme flooding and high winds with meteorologists warning that the stormy weather will hit other states in the following days. "If we had been in there, I think we would have been dead", Richmond said. More than 100 highways also were shut in neighboring Arkansas, state officials said.

Arkansas authorities also reported that two children are missing after the auto in which they were washed off the bridge.

One of Sunday's storms uprooted these two massive trees into this Durant, Miss., home, photographed Monday, May 1, 2017.

All told, more than 5,000 homes and other buildings were in the path of the storm, said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who viewed the area by helicopter and vehicle Sunday.

At least ten other people have died as a result of flooding or strong winds in Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Indiana.

One of Arkansas' five confirmed deaths was Dough Decker, a volunteer fire chief, who was hit by a vehicle while measuring water levels early Sunday morning, A.P. reports.

Three deaths were reported in Missouri, including a woman who drowned after rushing water swept away a vehicle and a 78-year-old man who left his home to look at the floodwaters and was then carried away by the water. The next day everyone was still in shock, she said.

"A 2-year-old girl has died after being struck by a heavy metal soccer goal that blew over in high winds at 2310 Antioch Pike", Metro Nashville Police Department said in a tweet.

In Northern Arkansas, where massive flooding caused multiple road closures, the 10-year-old girl died after being swept away by an overflowing river.

A total of 93 evacuations and 33 water rescues were reported Saturday, Gov. Eric Greitens said.

"The old-timers, they know how the river reacts", Cape Girardeau County emergency management director Richard Knaup said.

Aon reported in March that severe convective weather conditions in the US between March 13 and March 17 is expected to result in an economic loss of more than $1 billion, which, combined with other events in the month resulted in USA severe weather losses of beyond $2 billion in March alone.

A second death was reported Sunday, but details were not available.

The Missouri Department of Transportation said Monday that several sections of the stretch of I-44 between Rolla and Lebanon are underwater.

The town of Canton, located about 50 miles east of Dallas, was hit especially hard.

The National Weather Service found evidence of four tornadoes with one twister possibly on the ground for 50 miles.

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