Publication Date April 30, 2017

Flooding, tornadoes kill at least 14 in South and Midwest

United States
At least 12 people are reported to have been killed by severe weather across Texas and surrounding states. Photo: Associated Press

At least 14 people have been killed by tornadoes or flooding in the South and Midwest caused by a storm that also led to a rare late-season blizzard in western Kansas on Sunday.

Tornadoes hit several small towns in East Texas, killing four people. Five people were killed by flooding and winds in Arkansas, including a fire chief who was struck by a vehicle while working during the storm. Two deaths were reported in Missouri, including a woman who drowned after rushing water swept away a car. One of two fatalities in Mississippi was a 7-year-old who died by electric shock, and a 2-year-old girl died in Tennessee after being struck by a soccer goal post.

Flooding closed part of Interstate 44 near Hazelgreen, Mo., and Interstate 70 in western Kansas was closed because crews were waiting out snow falling at three to four inches an hour that was being blown by 35 mph winds.