Millions under flash flood threat after tornadoes rip through midwest

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As predicted, more than a dozen sightings of tornadoes were reported in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Missouri early Monday evening, although they were in sparsely populated areas.

In Missouri, Webster County Emergency Management Director Tom Simmons said a tornado damaged some buildings at the Wild Animal Safari near Strafford, about 17 kilometres northeast of Springfield.

Rescuers pulled people to safety and ferried them through fast-moving floodwaters in middle Oklahoma on Tuesday morning after severe storms swamped the area - and more severe weather will threaten a large portion of the central U.S. as the day goes on. "We do have a couple of other locations: Reddings Mill is a potential location for tornado damage, Golden City, Bolivar, also in Humansville".

Officials closed schools, evacuated military aircraft and issued high-water warnings Monday.

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Damaging tornados also struck near Mangum, Oklahoma, Leach, Oklahoma, and Paducah, Texas, on Monday.

Residents of Moore, Oklahoma continue to recover and sift through the remains of their homes two weeks after a devastating EF-5 tornado ripped through the town killing 24 people and destroying hundreds of homes and businesses.

The unusually powerful spring storm dispersed a wide range of extreme weather Monday into early Tuesday (Wednesday NZT), and had not finished its assault as it barrelled northeastward into the Midwest.

"The heavy rain will impact areas that have received significant amounts of rain within the past several weeks", Van Dam said.

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Late Monday, the National Weather Service reduced the severe threat of violent storms to a small area of southern Oklahoma and northern Texas.

In early May, the MS broke its July 9, 1993, record after heavy rainfall triggered flooding from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, CNN affiliate WQAD reported. Meanwhile, state workers in several Oklahoma counties were sent home early. "Being in a vehicle is one of the most unsafe places to be in a tornado, and risking a drive to a shelter during severe weather could be deadly". Many flights were canceled or delayed because of the storms.

"We could easily see 5 to 10 inches [of rain] today and tonight in parts of Oklahoma", Bunting says.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's office announced the State Emergency Operations Center had been activated and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management is in communication with city, county, tribal, and private sector emergency managers and other partners across the state.

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