Storms sweep through Ark., Okla., Texas
The Associated Press, April. 10, 2008
Some residents in the small north
The state already is contending with three weeks of flooding and the aftermath of 10 tornadoes that struck last week.
"It's just getting worse," sheriff's dispatcher Nola Massey said. "We're just trying to get everybody to stay home and not get out in it."
The severe weather began in the region Wednesday. An apparent tornado with winds of up to 70 mph moved through west
Bobby Russell, a 45-year-old maintenance man, said he was huddled with wife and two teenage children in their duplex when a falling tree punched a hole in the roof and collapsed a wall of his daughter's bedroom.
"We got the family together in the hallway, and then we heard a big boom," Russell, of
In far east-central
"We've got flooding like you wouldn't believe,"
At least 180,000 homes and businesses lost electricity in the
Red Cross spokeswoman Anita Foster said no injuries were reported from the high winds and heavy rain in the Dallas-Fort Worth areas.
Two shelters were set up for residents who may need them, she said.
One hangar at
The storm pelted the city with quarter-sized hail just after midnight with winds of up to 70 mph, said Hector Guerrero, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The service received reports of cars and a tractor trailer flipped over.
In DeSoto, just south of
Stephens County Sheriff James Reeves said about 20 homes in the Breckenridge area sustained major damage, including some roofs and top stories torn away.
Six mobile homes were destroyed and two businesses were damaged, Reeves said.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency estimates at least 47 homes were destroyed by last week's tornadoes in
"It's just overwhelming _ a flood on top of a tornado," Saline County Judge Lanny Fite, the county's top administrator, said Wednesday. "People have been working night and day trying to prepare, but there's not a whole lot we can do to prepare for rain in the magnitude they're talking about."
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