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Severe Storms and Floods Kill at Least 20 Across South and Midwest

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Eleena Tovar | 08 May, 2017, 15:18

- Flooding and winds killed five people in Arkansas, including a fire chief struck by a vehicle while working the storm.

Kyle Allen walks his parents' property in Canton, Texas on Sunday, April 30, 2017, looking for personal items. As of Sunday, April 30, additional volunteers were not required by the Salvation Army.

Four people died in tornadoes in Texas on Saturday.

One of Sunday's storms uprooted these two massive trees into this Durant, Miss., home, photographed Monday, May 1, 2017.

Storms ravaged the Midwestern and southern states over the weekend and continued to the eastern seaboard on Monday. She could not confirm news reports that the missing were children who were in a auto swept off a bridge.

At least 5 people have been killed in that natural disaster along with more than 45 people who were injured. One of two deaths in MS included 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 thrown by heavy winds.

The extreme weather has claimed the lives of several children, including a 7-year-old boy who was electrocuted in MS after he unplugged an electric golf cart and dropped the cable into a puddle.

Footage from HD Chopper 8 showed homes damaged or destroyed across Van Zandt County.

"We know there are four confirmed dead, and there may possibly be a fifth, but we know that four names have been released at this time", said Moore. "But one moment you can have everything and the next, everything is gone", she said.

A woman also drowned after a rushing water swept away her auto in Missouri, and a fire chief in Quitman, Arkansas lost his life after he was struck by a vehicle as he checked the water levels in the area.

ETMC Regional Health Care Systems spokeswoman Rebecca Berkley says 56 people have been treated at three area hospitals.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 18-year-old Gideon Jenkins, of Richland, was killed early Sunday when his vehicle was caught in flash floodwaters as he attempted to drive across a low-water crossing in Pulaski County. The Cleburne County sheriff said a fire chief responding to the storm was killed on Sunday.

Heavy rains also lashed the mid-western state of Missouri, with at least two reported casualties.

The weather team has confirmed that a fifth tornado, classified as an EF-0, with wind speeds between 65 and 85 miles per hour, set down in western Hopkins County, just south of Cumby, Moore said.

The tornado could have been on the ground for 51 miles, and in Van Zandt County alone it traveled an area of 35 miles long and 15 miles wide.

Canton Mayor Lou Ann Gullett Everett said recovery and rescue crews continue to go door-to-door following a hasty search Saturday night, which was hampered by extreme weather conditions.

Another woman died Saturday after a tree fell on her mobile home in De Witt, Arkansas, about 80 miles east of Little Rock, according to police.