US Storms and Floods Kill Eighteen

A home left roofless after a widespread storm hit Mississippi on Sunday. Photo: AP

The South and Midwest US have been hit by multiple tornadoes and severe flooding, with at least 18 people being confirmed dead.

Several small towns in East Texas were struck by tornadoes, resulting in the deaths of four people.

The Metro Nashville Police Department posted on their Twitter page on Sunday evening that 2-year-old Melanie Espinoza Rodriguez was transported to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Tennessee after being struck by a soccer goal post.

She was pronounced dead later that night.

A car dealership after being ripped apart by a tornado near Canton, Texas. Photo: AP

Mid-Tennessee was also hit by a strong line of storms that knocked down trees and power lines earlier Sunday.

Local Texan television stations aired footage of overturned cars, uprooted trees, wet roadways and at least two flattened homes, the Associated Press reported.

At least 56 people were injured in the state alone, and officials expect that number to increase in time.

One of many storms uprooted two massive trees into this Mississippi home. Photo: AP

A death was reported in Mississippi after storms rampaged the state, whilst on Sunday a man in Prentiss was struck by lightning near his home, according to AP. Emergency Management Agency director Jocelyn Ragsdale.

His identity has not been released and his condition is unknown.

Multiple trees were downed just north of Utica and in Adams County, damaging homes and blocking access to roads.

Flooded homes in Pacific, Missouri. Photo: ABC News

Across Missouri, there have been almost 100 evacuations and 33 water rescues. State officials have also reported that up to 150 roads have been closed due to the severe flooding.

A state of emergency has been declared for all of Southern Missouri.

Resources have been deployed from The State Emergency Management Agency, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Missouri National Guard, and Missouri’s Task Force 1 Rescue Unit.

A woman in the state drowned after rushing waters swept away her car, whilst two young children are still missing after an attempted water rescue in Madison County.

In total, about 25 homes were damaged and more than 20,000 were without power on Sunday, according to the EMA.

 

Floodwaters cover athletic fields in Eureka, Missouri on Monday. Photo: AP

Three people have been killed by flooding and winds in Arkansas, with officials reporting that two people are also missing.

Oklahoma is under a state of emergency and by late Saturday afternoon, more than 18,000 customers across the state were without power.

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