At least 46 dead in US after Thunderstorms with tornadoes

Tornadoes that started with thunderstorms in Oklahoma and Kansas have left at least 46 people dead in the states of Missouri, Kansas, Illinois and Indiana, according to officials Thousands of people are without heat…

At least 46 dead in US after Thunderstorms with tornadoes

Tornadoes that started with thunderstorms in Oklahoma and Kansas have left at least 46 people dead in the states of Missouri, Kansas, Illinois and Indiana, according to officials

Thousands of people are without heat or water in at least three states after thunderstorms in the US Midwest caused dozens of tornadoes, according to emergency management officials and reports.

Oklahoma has already declared a state of emergency after dozens of tornadoes wreaked havoc in the Oklahoma City area, leaving at least 42 people dead.

Flash flooding was reported in northern Kansas and at least 23 people died in flooding in Illinois.

Severe thunderstorms with hail, damaging winds and tornadoes rumbled through western and central Oklahoma on Sunday, touching down in several areas, according to the National Weather Service. The worst was in north-central Oklahoma and western Kansas, where multiple tornadoes struck. In Oklahoma City, television images showed damaged buildings and debris strewn on the streets.

Other cities in the state were damaged too, including Oklahoma City and its suburbs, where large parts of the Briarwood high school building were destroyed.

The Oklahoma City suburb of Moore also was hit. “There were some fatalities in Moore,” said Rick Smith, spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. He said an unknown number of people were missing and search and rescue operations would continue through the night.

Utility workers restored power to parts of Oklahoma City but residents were cautioned to stay home after heavy rain flooded streets, homes and businesses.

The storms continued to pound parts of the central US. Flash flooding from thunderstorms and tornadoes hit northern Kansas, triggering flash floods that left many streets submerged in up to 5ft of water. At least 24 people died in Kansas, authorities said.

Television news images showed at least 23 people dead in Missouri, where the governor, Eric Greitens, declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard. At least four people were reported dead in northern Illinois.

Kansas authorities said 17 people had died in flooded homes in and around the central Kansas city of Cheyenne, and two others were killed when flooding led to two separate highway crashes.

Police in Prairie Village, a suburban community in the Kansas City area, said two people died and four were missing after flash flooding in the city. Two fatalities were reported in Cass County and one in Atchison County.

Some 31 counties in central and eastern Kansas declared states of emergency in the wake of the severe weather.

Flooding from Saturday’s storms caused havoc in Illinois, as well. The Missouri Department of Transportation issued a travel advisory for an area between the Quad Cities and Cairo that is home to the Stone City dam on the Mississippi River. Flash flooding hampered the search Sunday for two missing people, one of whom was a child.

Flooding washed out roadways in several areas of Illinois and was blamed for a woman’s death in the southern Illinois county of Macon.

The storm system also caused flash flooding in other states. Tornadoes were reported in Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma.

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In Louisiana, authorities rescued some people trapped by flooding from swollen bayous in the state’s coastal parishes. Earlier in the day, emergency officials said at least three people were killed.

In Washington, the National Weather Service said the tornado touched down near Gove, Arkansas, just outside Fayetteville, about 5.25pm on Sunday. It reduced homes to splinters, flattened sheds and even tossed an ambulance 20 miles (32km) before coming to rest in a cemetery.

The storm swept up agricultural fields and burst water mains, flooding several dozen homes in Cherokee County.

Weather forecasters say the system is moving east and will be around Tuesday.

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