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Three people die as storms rage through the eastern US

At least three people were killed Wednesday after strong storms tore through North Carolina, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee, bringing heavy rain, wind and hail in some areas, The New York Times reported. People faced severe weather a day after widespread storms tore through the Midwest and tornadoes ripped through Michigan.

One person was killed after a tree fell on a vehicle in northeastern Tennessee’s Claiborne County as storms swept through the area around 10 a.m. (local time), according to the county’s emergency management office. There was one death due to a storm in Gaston County, according to officials in North Carolina. One person died Wednesday in Maury County, Tennessee, after a “large and destructive” tornado was spotted near Springhill and the storm struck near Columbia, according to The New York Times report.

Rita Thompson, spokeswoman for Maury Regional Health, a hospital in Columbia, confirmed the death. Pat Woodmansee, the deputy director of the county’s emergency management agency, said the storm left a trail of debris and people trapped in damaged homes. Rita Thompson said people were taken to hospital for treatment of injuries, which were not life-threatening, and a fourth was in serious condition

As storms continued to pound through the Midwest for a third day and moved into the eastern U.S. Wednesday evening, the National Weather Service issued tornado warnings in cities including Alabama, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee. The Weather Service issued a tornado warning in southern Illinois’ Williamson County on Wednesday afternoon after a “confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado” was spotted. More than 40,000 customers were without power in Tennessee on Wednesday evening, The New York Times reported, citing Poweroutage.us.

A tornado was confirmed in Huntsville, Alabama on Wednesday evening. According to the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center, about 21 million people were at elevated or moderate risk for severe weather — the third and fourth levels of intensity, out of five on Wednesday, The New York Times reported. On Wednesday, the National Weather Service’s Nashville office stated in a post on X: “Don’t let your guard down!” It added: “We are in the ‘calm’ ahead of the main line this evening. Our environment is very unstable, so any storm that develops ahead of the line this afternoon could become strong to severe very quickly.”

More than 20 million people in Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana and Texas were under tornado watch Wednesday evening. The most intense storms were expected to impact a corridor in the cities of Nashville and Clarksville, Tennessee. Meanwhile, about 17 million people from Texas to North Carolina, including the cities of Memphis, St. Louis and Little Rock, are at increased risk of severe weather.

Flash flood warnings have been issued for parts of Tennessee and Missouri after heavy rainfall. Flooding had already been reported in towns such as Cole Camp and Lincoln, Missouri, and could spread to small creeks, streams, highways and other low-lying areas, forecasters said. Nearly 50 tornadoes were reported from Oklahoma to Ohio over the past two days as severe storms wreaked havoc across the Midwest. The storms brought strong winds and caused power outages.

Officials say tornadoes damaged nearly 200 mobile homes and winds were so strong that some homes in southern Michigan’s Kalamazoo were blown away. Authorities said at least 16 people were injured, The New York Times reported. About 50 workers were rescued from a FedEx depot center in Kalamazoo County because they were trapped inside after a tornado destroyed the building. Authorities in Oklahoma said a tornado caused widespread destruction Monday, killing one person in Barnsdall and damaging up to 40 homes in the small town. (ANI)

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)