OKLAHOMA CITY – At least two people are dead as a strong storm system with possible tornadoes eastward seething through the central United States, leaving behind broken houses, damaged vehicles and uprooted trees.
A man in northeast Arkansas and a woman in south-central Kentucky were both killed as the storm, which also included strong winds, hail, and heavy rains causing flooding, made its way through the area, according to authorities.
In northeast Arkansas, an 83-year-old man was killed after heavy winds knocked a trailer home. Clay County sheriff Terry Miller told KAIT-TV that Albert Foster had died on Saturday night after the house was blown into a pond.
About 50 miles away, the weather service said the roof had been blown away by a hotel in Osceola, about 1
In rural southern Kentucky, 79-year-old Dallas Jane Combs died after having died Tornado met her home in Adairville Saturday night, Logan's Sheriff Department told television broadcaster WKRN. Sheriff officials said Combs was in the house when it collapsed on them. Combos were declared dead at the scene.
Authorities say Combs' husband was outside the house when the unconfirmed tornado struck and he suffered minor injuries.
Storm-related damage was also reported in Middle Tennessee, where Fox17 in Nashville reported extensive damage to homes and vehicles. Fox17 says at least a dozen houses have been damaged in a part of Montgomery County.
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has signed an executive order on Saturday stating state of emergency in anticipation of expected storms and floods in parts of southern Missouri. The mission activates the resources of the Missouri National Guard and ensures state resources are available in the event of weather damage.
A dyke breach along the Kankakee River in northwest Indiana caused local officials to force about 30 homeowners to evacuate.
Keener Township Volunteer Fire Chief Randy Woods said the break was relatively low when it was discovered around 3 pm Friday near Demotte, about 50 miles southeast of Chicago. The residents tried to crush the breach "to get them under control, but it got bigger and bigger," he said. Local firefighters were called to help them, but eventually everyone had to stand up for their own safety.
No injuries were reported.
The weather service said record floods were taking place along the Kankakee after several days of heavy rains and snowmelt that sent streams from their banks from the Ohio to Michigan and Wisconsin. High water clocks and warnings ranged from Missouri to Central Pennsylvania on several Sunday morning, while a wind survey remained in effect for nearly all of Lower Michigan.