Three dead after storms roar through Missouri boot heel and other parts of Mid-South - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Three dead after storms roar through Missouri boot heel and other parts of Mid-South

      Three people are dead this morning after a storm roared through Cooter, Missouri last night.   Four people in the Pemiscot County town were also injured in the storm.  One of the victims was flown by helicopter to the Med in Memphis in serious condition. 
       Cooter is a small town located near Interstate-55.  It's about sixty-five miles north of Memphis.  
       Heavy rains and high winds also caused extensive damage and injured at least 10 people today in a section of Saline County in central Arkansas.
       Authorities say two people were critically injured and 75-hundred lost power.
       The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings but has not confirmed that tornadoes caused the damage. 
       Sardis Fire Chief Rick Morris says about 45 structures were damaged south and east of Sardis. He says 20 to 25 of those were demolished or have major damage.
       The thunderstorms dropped heavy rain throughout central Arkansas. 
       Saline and Pulaski counties were under an initial tornado warning, which was moved east into Lonoke, Prairie and Monroe counties.
        Searcy and Batesville also reported scattered outages.
        Power was out in the town of England, where schools let students out early.
        Governor Mike Huckabee says he has requested the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management to begin surveying the damage to see what state resources are needed. 
        Parts of Tennessee were also hard hit by the storms.   Heavy rain triggered flash flooding this morning in several areas across Tennessee.
        A violent storm lashed West Tennessee overnight. In Dyer County, trees and power lines are down, roads are blocked by debris and schools are closed.
        Roofs were peeled from homes and businesses and several people reported seeing funnel clouds. There's a flash flood watch until 8:15 a-m (Central time) for southern Bedford and southern Coffee counties.
        The National Weather Service estimates two to four inches of rain has fallen in that area this morning. Radar cumulative estimates indicate about five and half inches has fallen in Wayne County of southern Middle Tennessee. As dawn neared, most of the heavier rain was falling south of Interstate 40.

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