Violent weather in US kills 29

Agence France-Presse . Washington

Constance Lambert embraces her dog after finding it alive when returning to her destroyed home in Tupelo, Miss., Monday, on Monday. — AP photo

Constance Lambert embraces her dog after finding it alive when returning to her destroyed home in Tupelo, Miss., Monday, on Monday. — AP photo

Americans in the southern and eastern US braced for more violent weather Tuesday after a string of tornadoes and other storms killed at least 29 people, news reports said.
Some 75 million people were at risk from storms that could unleash hail, winds and twisters on the affected regions, according to the National Weather Service.
The toll from two days of violent weather reached at least 29 on Monday in at least six states, CNN and other media reported.
After violent weather Sunday that killed 17, most of them in Arkansas, the new deaths included eight in Mississippi on Monday, CNN reported, quoting the state emergency management agency.
The governors of Alabama and Georgia declared state-wide emergencies.
In the Mississippi town of Louisville, the storm snapped trees in half and stripped them of their branches. Sheet metal twisted itself around road signs and tree trunks, CBS News reported.
Mississippi senator Giles Ward hunkered down in a bathroom with his wife, four other family members and their dog Monday as a tornado destroyed his two-story brick house and flipped his son-in-law’s SUV upside down.
‘For about 30 seconds, it was unbelievable,’ Ward said. ‘It’s about as awful as anything we’ve gone through,’ the network quoted Ward as saying.
In the hardest-hit parts of Arkansas, emergency crews intensified their search for survivors of Sunday’s twisters.
Dozens of Arkansas National Guard troops were assisting local authorities with medical evacuations, fresh water deliveries and search and rescue operations.
In the town of Vilonia, police chief Brad McNew said the town of 4,000 had been rendered unrecognisable.

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