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Apr 30 2017 07:45 AM EDT
At least three tornadoes struck Texas east of Dallas, killing five.
The body of a 72-year-old woman was recovered in southwestern Missouri after floodwaters washed away her car.
Another woman died after a tree fell on her mobile home in De Witt, Arkansas, about 80 miles east of Little Rock.
An 18-year-old man drowned after his vehicle entered a flooded area west of Crocker, Missouri, about 150 miles southwest of St. Louis.
Severe storms caused flooding and tornadoes that killed at least eight people and injured dozens in Missouri, Arkansas and Texas over the weekend.
At least three tornadoes struck Texas east of Dallas in Eustace, Caney City and Canton on Saturday, killing five of those people, authorities said.
The body of a 72-year-old woman was recovered in Clever, Missouri, in the southwestern part of the state, after floodwaters washed away her car Saturday. Her husband was rescued before the vehicle submerged.
Another woman died after a tree fell on her mobile home in De Witt, Arkansas, about 80 miles east of Little Rock, according to police. She was lying on her couch when a tree collapsed onto the home, according to Fox16.com.
Authorities in Polaski County, Missouri, told the National Weather Service on Sunday that an 18-year-old man had drowned after his vehicle entered a flooded area west of Crocker, about 150 miles southwest of St. Louis.
Three hospitals near Dallas, where the tornadoes struck, reported receiving at least 54 patients. One person is in critical condition. The others have non-life-threatening injuries.
The tornadoes were part of the same system that have put millions under flash flood watches and warnings. Parts of southwestern Missouri and northern Arkansas have received up to 11 inches of rain. According to weather.com senior digital meteorologist Jonathan Erdman, as of early Sunday morning, there have been 258 reports of flooding or flash flooding in the past 36 hours.
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Across Missouri, there were nearly 100 evacuations and 33 water rescues, according to the Associated Press. State officials also said up to 150 roads have been closed by flooding.
In Madison County, Missouri, two children were missing after an attempted water rescue, NWAHomepage.com reported. The mother was able to swim to safety, the report added, but she was unable to find her children.
A state of emergency was declared Saturday for all of southern Missouri by Gov. Eric Greitens. The State Emergency Management Agency, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Missouri National Guard, and Missouri's Task Force 1 Rescue Unit, have deployed resources.
Some of the most severe flooding Saturday night was seen in West Plains, located in far southern Missouri. The town was reportedly cut off by floodwaters, and power was shut off to the town because of the rising waters, according to local reports.
A flash flooding emergency was declared in McDonald County early Saturday after more than 6 inches of rain fell in the area, according to the National Weather Service.
"Locations along Indian Creek, Bullskin Creek, Beaver Branch and the Elk River will experience unusual and life-threatening rises in flood levels. The cities of Anderson, Lanagan and Noel are included in this flash flood emergency," said the NWS.Texas
Damage is widespread across a large area of Van Zandt County, where officials have issued a disaster declaration.
A twister tore through parts of the town at about 6 p.m. CDT, and the National Weather Service issued a Particularly Dangerous Situation tornado warning to alert residents.
According to KLTV.com, the Ben Wheeler Volunteer Fire Department confirmed a body was found in a field in Canton as residents began to clean up the damage. At least 49 people were injured, WFAA.com reported. That number could go up.
Minutes after the tornado moved away from the town, the NWS reported major damage. A car dealership was demolished, and vehicles were flung into the air and landed on an adjacent highway.
Canton is a town of about 3,500 located some 50 miles east of Dallas. The town is home to the First Monday Trade Days Market, where thousands of people were camping out this weekend and on the final weekend of every month.
A second twister was in progress near Canton a few minutes later. That tornado tracked northeast, into the town of Emory, where emergency managers reported damage. The extent of that damage wasn't immediately known.
Another tornado was reported in the Caney City area just minutes earlier, and an unknown number of people were injured, according to an NWS report.Oklahoma
Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency Saturday; the Sooner State has been hit with flooding and even snow to the north from Winter Storm Ursa.
Severe storms moving across Oklahoma early Saturday brought damaging hail, flooding and power outages to Oklahoma City.
Thunderstorms packing winds of 60 mph dumped heavy rain and strong winds on central Oklahoma that quickly led to flooding in several areas.
"One home in Hulbert was taking on water and it was coming through the windows before the people were rescued," Devan Brotherton, Cherokee County Emergency Management Communications Officer, told the Tulsa World.
Officials with the Oklahoma City Fire Department warned residents Saturday to stay home because of downed power lines and trees from the storm.
According to KOCO.com, several interstates were closed because of flooding and downed power lines, including I-235 between N. 50th St. and N. 36th St. and I-40 westbound just east of I-44. I-235 later reopened.
One person was injured in Caddo County when high winds damaged a mobile home, according to the county's emergency management.
Lightning ignited a house fire in Oklahoma City, KOCO reports. Lightning is also the suspected cause of a second house fire.
A person was trapped in an RV after a power line came down on the trailer.
In Muskogee, near Tulsa, Oklahoma, streets are flooded and residents in the Gooseneck Bend area were trapped in their homes by rising waters.
By late Saturday afternoon, more than 18,000 customers across the state of Oklahoma were without power, the majority in or around Oklahoma City, OG&E reports. At one point, more than 80,000 homes and businesses were in the dark statewide, KWTV said.
Strong winds also toppled an iconic structural arch that welcomed visitors to the annual Oklahoma State Fair in Oklahoma City. There were no reports of injuries.Arkansas
In Benton County, nearly all side roads and bridges were closed Saturday due to flooding concerns, KFSM-TV reported.
The Rogers City Police Department in northwestern Arkansas responded to at least three water rescues Saturday, according to the NWS.
A flood warning was issued until Sunday night for the Kings River near Berryville in Carroll County. Forecasters say the river was expected to rise above flood stage Sunday morning and continue to rise to near 33 feet — 2 feet above flood stage — by early Sunday afternoon.
Flooding is expected along Arkansas Highway 143 and meadowlands along the river's east bank. Low elevations around Clabber Creek will also be covered by water.