US storm death toll rises to 11

A second straight night of storms has ripped through northern Arkansas, taking the death toll to 11.

A second straight night of storms has ripped through northern Arkansas, taking the death toll to 11.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management confirmed early today that the latest victim died when a storm moved through Sharp County.

Officials said the person was in a home near Arkansas Highway 230.

Ten people were killed when a storm system spawned a tornado and dumped flooding rains on western and central Arkansas on Monday.

The National Weather Service issued a high risk warning for severe weather in a stretch extending from north east of Memphis, Tennessee, to just north east of Dallas, Texas, and covering a large swath of Arkansas.

It last issued such a warning on April 16, when dozens of tornadoes hit North Carolina and killed 21 people.

At least 100 homes in the East Texas town of Edom were damaged on Tuesday night, and a woman was injured when her mobile home was destroyed, officials said.

There were also minor injuries reported in Louisiana when an oil drilling plant turned over in high winds.

In south western Michigan, nine people were sent to the hospital, one with serious injuries, when lightning struck a park where children and adults were playing soccer, police said.

Dozens of tornado warnings had been issued in Arkansas last night. Strong winds peeled part of the roof off of a medical building next to a hospital in West Memphis, near the Tennessee border, but no one was inside.

The latest round of storms began as communities in much of the region struggled with flooding and damage from earlier twisters.

In Arkansas, a tornado smashed into Vilonia, just north of Little Rock, on Monday night, ripping the roof off the grocery store, flattening homes and tossing vehicles into the air.

An early warning may have saved Lisa Watson’s life in that case. She packed up her three children and was speeding away from the Black Oak Ranch subdivision in Vilonia when she looked to her left and saw the twister approach.

Two of her neighbours died in their mobile homes and a visiting couple who took shelter in a metal shipping container where the husband stored tools died when the container was blown at least 150 feet into a creek.

Jimmy Talley said his brother, David, told his mother that he and his wife, Katherine, were leaving the mobile home they had been staying in because they thought the container would be safe.

“He said ’I love you, Mom,’ and that’s the last that anybody heard from him,” Jimmy Talley said.

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