UPDATE: AT LEAST NINE KILLED AS FLOODS, TORNADOES HIT SOUTH-CENTRAL US

Washington, – Powerful storms that generated flooding and tornadoes across the south-central United States killed at least nine people at the weekend.

The National Weather Service said multiple tornadoes ripped through central Texas on Saturday.

The town of Canton, located about 80 kilometres east of Dallas, was especially hard hit. Mayor Lou Ann Everett said Sunday at least four people died and almost 50 others injured, according to local media.

The fire department said the death toll could rise as people continue to comb through the debris. Dozens of cars were reportedly tossed in the air on the interstate that runs through town.

In Arkansas, a 10-year-old was found dead after being swept away in floodwaters.

Another woman was killed when a tree toppled onto her house during a storm, while a 24-year-old died while floating in a stream on an inner tube, the Democrat-Gazette newspaper reported.

Further north, in the Midwestern state of Missouri, a women drowned when her car was swept away by fast moving flood waters on Saturday.

The relentless rain led to the governor declaring a state of emergency for parts of southern Missouri, according to the Kansas City Star newspaper.

Flood warnings remained in effect for some areas of the state on Sunday. Police said they had rescued 91 people from the high waters.

In neighbouring Mississippi, the state’s Emergency Management Agency reported one death in town of Durant. Some 20,000 homes were without power in the state.

Oklahoma’s governor has also declared a state of emergency.(QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency

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