Nearly four-dozen people are dead after storms triggered flooding and tornadoes across the South, Midwest, and Southwest. Flash floods in Missouri and Illinois killed at least 13 people. Scores of people are injured and in Texas alone, authorities say as many as 800 homes might be damaged.
Over a dozen died when tornadoes and other fierce storms slammed into the Dallas area. A total of nine tornadoes have now been confirmed as the National Weather Service studies the storms. Scores of people are injured and Texas authorities say 800 homes might be damaged.
Analysts say that the number of tornadoes could continue to rise as they are able to survey more storm damage. The biggest twister was the EF-4 with 180 miles-an-hour wind that blasted Garland, Rowlett and Sunnyvale, killing eight people.
Tornadoes that hit two days before Christmas killed at least 18 people, including ten in Mississippi. Mississippi's governor is seeking federal funds to help areas of his state recover from the deadly storms. Speaking at a new conference, Governor Phil Bryant said he plans to ask President Obama for a national disaster declaration.
Missouri is under a state of emergency as is New Mexico where a winter storm dumped two feet of snow.
The severe weather is also blamed for canceling nearly 1500 flights on Sunday, one of the busiest travel days of the year.
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