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Storms hammer South, Midwest

Powerful thunderstorms rolled across the South and Midwest Monday.


Powerful thunderstorms rolled across the South and Midwest Monday, spawning high winds and tornadoes that killed three people.

In the small southern Missouri town of Cooter, a confirmed tornado ripped through a farm and killed three family members. Another resident of the farm was injured, according to a Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department spokesperson, but the damage from that tornado was isolated to the one farm.

Elsewhere in southeast Missouri, another tornado collapsed the roof of an Washington County lumberyard, trapping several people inside. All escaped without injury, said a Missouri Emergency Management Agency spokesperson. Isolated reports of roof damage also came in from Iron County.

In southern Illinois, state emergency management officials will be surveying damage in Johnson and Williamson Counties Tuesday to determine if it was a tornado that ripped up trees, downed power lines, and damaged several homes.

"The National Weather Service is saying that the storm had some rotation, but they will confirm if it was a tornado today," said Patti Thompson, public information officer for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. Heavy rains also flooded streets across the southern section of the state.

Possible tornadoes were also reported in parts of Arkansas, Alabama, and Tennessee, with no major damage being reported in those states as of yet. In Alabama, state and county emergency management officials are saying they have only heard of downed trees so far but are continuing to assess the situation.

The line of storms also caused significant power outages across the region as well.

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