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US Midwest and South brace for flooding and tornadoes

World News
Mon, 01 May 2017
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This photograph provided by the Warren County Emergency Management Agency shows what looks like a tornado that approached Vicksburg, Mississippi, on April 30, 2017. The tornado did not affect Vicksburg, but was part of a system of severe weather that was statewide. (AP Photo)

Atlanta: Parts of the US South and Midwest braced for flooding and possible tornadoes on Monday following a weekend of deadly torrents and powerful winds that claimed at least 15 lives.

Heavy rain caused the roof of a furniture store in northern Oklahoma to collapse early on Monday, although no one was injured, and parts of the state remained under flood and flash flood warnings after excessive rainfall over the weekend. The Illinois River that snakes through the eastern part of the state crested on Sunday night at about 29 feet — well above major flood stage of 18 feet.

Tornado warnings were issued for parts of southeastern Alabama and central Georgia on Monday morning by the National Weather Service, which advised residents there to take cover. A severe thunderstorm located over Fort Benning in Georgia was at risk for developing into a twister, the weather service said.

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