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Death toll from USA storms grows to 16 people

13 May 2017

A deadly tornado tore through one woman's dream wedding in East Texas as violent storms lashed the South and Midwest over the weekend.

National Weather Service surveyors have already confirmed seven tornadoes in MS, and Gov. Phil Bryant said the total could rise to as many as 20.

Parts of IN have received up to 20cm of rain IN the floods, while some areas IN Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas have been submerged IN floods 10cm deep.

"It is heartbreaking and upsetting to say the least", said Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett. They included a Florence, Alabama, woman struck by a falling tree on Sunday, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. "Power lines and fences torn down over the roads, my friends' homes destroyed, there were buildings completely gone". Ernestine Cook rushed to check on her son who works at the dealership.

In Arkansas, seven people have died, including a fireman who was hit by a vehicle while rescuing others trapped by the storm. Her brother was safe and the girl's body was found around midnight, police said.

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This photograph provided by the Warren County Emergency Management Agency shows what looks like a tornado as it approached Vicksburg, Miss., on Sunday.

Two died in MS: a 7-year-old boy electrocuted after unplugging an electric golf cart and dropping the cord in a puddle, and a man killed when a tree fell onto his house, knocking a beam into his head.

The death toll from the storms was raised to 15 Monday, although authorities in some areas have issued conflicting reports on the number.

In Missouri, a 72-year-old Billings woman was swept away by high waters on Saturday, and two men ages 18 and 77 drowned in separate incidents on Sunday, emergency management spokesman Mike O'Connell said.

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

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Sunday, search and rescue teams were going house to house, looking for people who may be still trapped in the rubble.

Locations impacted include Greensboro, High Point, Thomasville, Kernersville, Summerfield, Stokesdale, Jamestown, Lake Jeanette Marina, Oak Hollow Marina and Lake Townsend.

"Given the significant multi-peril footprint across more than one dozen states, it remains far too early to provide an exact economic or insured loss estimate at this time", says Aon. In Rankin County, a child died from an electric shock in floodwater.

Two people were killed by the storm in MS, including a seven-year-old girl who died by electric shock and a two-year-old who was struck by a heavy, metal football goal post thrown by strong winds. And on Saturday, a 72-year-old woman drowned after her vehicle was swept away by floodwaters.

In western Kansas, tens of thousands of people lost electricity after up to 20 inches of snow fell, accompanied by winds up to 60 miles per hour.

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