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Deadly Tornadoes Rip Through Southern US

May 2, 2010 — Deadly twisters blew through central Arkansas on Saturday, killing at least three people and seriously injuring 25 others.

And they just keep coming.

Fatal tornadoes twisted their way through the Southern US on Friday and continued into Saturday.

At least three people were killed yesterday, after their mobile homes were completely demolished by the storms, in Van Buren County, north of Little Rock.

So far there have been at least 15 tornadoes sightings from Saturday alone.

Along with homes, trees were uprooted, power lines were downed and debris has littered the roads.

Meanwhile, the violent storms have given way to severe flooding in Tennessee on Saturday, killing at least five people. Floodwaters overtook roads, highways and home in and around the Nashville area. Several counties in Arkansas and Tennessee continue to be under a tornado watch.

Buckets of rain have swept the state in the last 12 hours -- the National Weather Service recorded between 152 to 254 mm across various areas. The flooding is being considered 'very dangerous' and according to Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, 'one of the most severe rain events Nashville has ever experienced.'

Residents are being urged to remain at home and stay off roads. At least 2,000 people were displaced when two levees broke near Memphis. Dozens of vehicles were submerged in several metres of a swift-moving current.

Roads have become impassable -- the water has turned them into raging rivers. Many homes, vehicles and entire neighbourhoods are currently underwater.

The rain is expected to continue into Sunday morning for Tennessee, and floodwaters should crest late this evening. Mississippi and Alabama are also bracing for potential thunderstorms and tornadoes throughout Sunday. Southern Illinois and southern Kentucky are also at risk for severe weather.

The southern US has been no stranger to severe weather over the past week. Several states have been ripped apart by tornadoes and heavy rains. A week ago, at least 10 people died when a huge twister stormed through rural Mississippi Saturday, and another two deaths were reported in Alabama.

For the latest news on these tornadoes, tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your newscast comes up at :12 and :42 minutes past every hour.

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