10 killed in U.S. tornadoes

  • As 3 die in Spain plane crash

A severe storm system bringing flash flooding and tornadoes killed 10 people and injured dozens, leaving a trail of destruction across Arkansas, Missouri and Texas, officials said.

The line of storms in Texas that spawned tornadoes were among several in parts of the South and Midwest that brought strong winds, thunderstorms and torrential rain in the three American states over the weekend.

In Arkansas, a 65-year-old woman was killed when a tree was blown into her home in De Witt, the woman was lying on her couch when the tree collapsed into her home, according to reports.

In Missouri, a 72-year-old woman drowned in spite of her husband’s efforts to save her as their vehicle was swept away by rushing waters after heavy rains caused flooding.

In Texas, search teams went from door to door on Sunday, a day after storms cut a 35 miles long and 15 miles wide path in Van Zandt County, Canton Mayor, Lou Ann Everett, said.

The largely rural area is about 50 miles east of Dallas.

“It is heartbreaking and upsetting to say the least,” Everett said at news conference on Sunday.

The mayor said storms flipped pickup trucks at a Dodge dealership in Canton and tore through the business.

Everett said authorities had confirmed four deaths in the area, down from the five deaths reported earlier, but cautioned that “it is a very fluid situation and that could change”.

Searchers were using dogs to determine whether “anyone is trapped and needs help, or worse,” she said.

In the meantime, three German nationals died when the small plane they were travelling in crashed in southern Spain at the weekend, authorities said Monday.

They were flying from the southeastern town of Muchamiel to Granada in southern Andalucia on Saturday afternoon, and crashed in a mountainous area some 80 kilometres (50 miles) from their final destination.

“Initial identification via their ID indicates they were German, but authorities are in contact with the consulate,” said a spokeswoman for the central government’s representative office in Malaga province, where the accident happened.

She did not know whether they were tourists or residents in Spain, adding that authorities were investigating the accident, including whether the plane was forced to deviate its course due to high winds.

Additional report from Punch