Horrifying moment a tornado sweeps through Texas

A late-April system that ripped across a large part of the central and southern USA killed at least 10 people in Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Missouri, according to local media.

Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett says multiple tornadoes that began late Saturday afternoon left "heartbreaking and upsetting" destruction 35 miles (56 kilometres) long and 15 miles (24 kilometres) wide.

On Friday night, thunderstorms had already clobbered several communities in the southern Midwest with winds that took down trees and power lines while a reported rain-wrapped tornado in Lawrence, Illinois damaged a house, destroyed a structure and caused power outages, the weather service said.

In Arkansas, a 10-year-old was found dead after being swept away in floodwaters.

Further north, in the Midwestern state of Missouri, a women drowned when her vehicle was swept away by fast moving flood waters on Saturday.

In Durant, one person died Sunday near Durant after storms passed through the state.

Oklahoma's governor also declared a state of emergency.

The storm struck around 7:20 p.m. ET and produced considerable damage about 60 miles east of Dallas in Van Zandt and Henderson counties, according to the National Weather Service. Parts of IN have received up to 8 inches (20 cm) of rain while areas IN Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas have been drenched with up to 4 inches (10 cm), James said.

In Texas, the storms left a trail of overturned vehicles, mangled trees and damaged homes.

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.

The National Weather Service confirmed at least three tornadoes swept through parts of three counties, with two of the twisters tracking almost the entire south-to-north length of Van Zandt County. The weather hampered rescue efforts Saturday night, but they will continue Sunday and include the use of dogs with searchers going door to door. "I wanted to make sure he wasn't here", she said. Numerous roads were closed after more than three inches of rain fell in some areas.

At least 54 people went to hospitals and one person is in critical condition, ETMC Regional Healthcare Systems spokeswoman Rebecca Berkley told The Associated Press.

The mayor also clarified Canton proper was not hit by the tornadoes. Canton is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Dallas.

CANTON, Texas (AP) - Authorities say fatalities have been reported and dozens of people were taken to hospitals after a tornado hit a small city in East Texas.

To the west, a winter storm was expected to dump as much as a foot of wet, heavy snow (30 cm) in parts of Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas and Texas, the National Weather Service said.

  • Leroy Wright