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Violent storms kill three in US and leave thousands without water

Three people, including two children were killed in severe storms that swept the Midwest and southern US, leaving thousands without water and drinking water.

Three deaths occurred in Michigan and Arkansas due to flooding, heavy rains, and damaging winds.

On Tuesday, Mississippi emergency workers were dispatched to distribute bottled water to residents after severe flooding caused by the Pearl River in Jackson’s capital. This resulted in low or no water pressure to many residents.

Tate Reeves, the governor of the state, declared a state emergency.

Image: Jackson residents line their garages and doors with sandbags in an effort to stop the flow of water. Pic by AP

Forecasters stated that the Pearl River had reached its peak at 10.8m (35.4ft), just short of the flood stage height of 10.97m (36ft).

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Two years ago, torrential rainfall caused the Pearl River’s height to be 11.2m (36.7ft). Homes in Jackson’s hardest-hit areas were filled with floodwater that was dirty and infested by snakes.

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Image: A stream of water enters a church in Pearl Mississippi. Pic by Pastor Bryant May via AP
Image: Floodwaters laden with debris surge around a Jackson postbox. Pic by AP

On Monday, the storms also cut off electricity to hundreds of thousands homes and businesses in Michigan.

Police in Monroe, Michigan say that a 14-year old girl was electrocuted by an electric line after she came into contact with it.

An 11-year old boy from Arkansas died after being swept into a storm sewer during heavy rains.

Image: A police officer arrives at the house of a woman who was struck by a tree in Toledo, Ohio. Pic by Associated Press

Authorities in Ohio claim that a tree fell on a woman behind her Toledo home during a severe storm.

Sky News forecasters warn that more storms are coming with severe thunderstorms in the evenings from the central and eastern USA over the next three days. Heavy showers (upto 10cm could fall in just hours), hail, and strong winds are all possible.


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