Tornadoes rip across US, 22 dead

A powerful storm whipped up tornadoes for a third day across parts of the US.

Updated: Apr 17, 2011, 09:35 AM IST

Chicago: At least 22 people have been killed as a powerful storm whipped up tornadoes for a third day across parts of the southern, central and eastern United States, local media reported.

At least five people were killed as tornadoes left a trail of destruction in North Carolina on Saturday, levelling homes and businesses and knocking out power, NBC television reported.

One person was killed in Alabama`s Marengo Country while six more died in Autauga and Washington Counties, MSNBC television reported.

The storm toppled trees and power lines, tore roofs off houses and scattered tractor-trailers across highways.

Two dozen tornadoes were reported in the southern states of Mississippi and Alabama on Friday, a day after 15 twisters struck in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas, the National Weather Service said.

Many of Friday`s deaths were in rural areas of Arkansas, where seven people were killed, and most of the damage was caused by falling trees.

But the storm was powerful enough to lift a double-wide trailer into the air and toss it about 70 feet (21 meters), killing a 65-year-old woman and critically injuring a 70-year-old man inside.

"Three of the seven victims were seven years of age or younger," said Tommy Jackson, spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

"It`s quite sad."

Falling trees killed a mother and her seven-year-old child in a house in Little Rock city, while a father and his infant son died in their mobile home in Garland County, Jackson said.

A six-year-old child was also killed when a tree fell on a White County house and a man was killed when a tree crashed on his trailer in Pulasky County.

Two other people were killed in Oklahoma when a major twister tore through Atoka County.

"It`s pretty extensive," said Laura Taylor of the county sheriff`s office. "There are several houses destroyed. The school is pretty much leveled and there`s two confirmed dead."

Another person was killed in Greene County, Mississippi, according to local media.

Meanwhile, North Dakota struggled to contain near-record flooding of the Red River.

Bureau Report