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IN PICTURES: Tornadoes, floods and hail batter Central US

May 11, 2015 12:16 IST

The National Weather Service first issued an advisory for subtropical storm Ana on Thursday when it was still a subtropical storm off the Atlantic coast. Photograph: Twitter

Multiple tornadoes tore through North Texas on Saturday much of the center of the United States and on the Carolina coast on Sunday, leaving one person dead and destroying several homes.

Damon Braley carries his mother's dog Sammy, which he rescued from under the wreckage of his parents' RV, at the Roadrunner RV Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Photograph: Nick Oxford/Reuters

Six people were pulled out of their homes after thunderstorms dumped up to six inches in the southern part of Oklahoma City, prompting authorities to issue a flood warning.

Six structures were damaged, and firefighters were looking for more victims Saturday evening. Photograph: Twitter

The National Weather Service first issued an advisory for subtropical storm Ana on Thursday when it was still a subtropical storm off the Atlantic coast.

Much of the Southeast saw severe storms on Saturday, even in the early morning, in Memphis, Jackson, Birmingham, Atlanta and Charleston. Damaging winds and large hail were the main threats in those cities.

A signage of a gas station that was damaged by a tornado is seen in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Photograph: Nick Oxford. Photograph: Nick Oxford/Reuters
The National Weather Service said another tornado was confirmed near Truckton, Colorado. Tornadoes were also reported to have touched down in Wichita and Erath counties in Texas; in Cheyenne County, Colorado; and in Cotton and Marshall counties in Oklahoma.
 
Jesus Morelos cleans up debris from a tornado that touched down in the Apollo Mobile Home Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Photograph: Nick Oxford/Reuters
Baseball-sized hail was reported in Comanche, Oklahoma, and hail the size of golf balls fell in southeastern El Paso County in Colorado Saturday.
 
Preston Campbell surveys the damage from the roof of his father's home in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The 7.1 inches that fell in Oklahoma City was the third-heaviest rainfall for any day on record, dating back to 1890, said state climatologist Gary McManus. Radar data from the part of the city where Stewart's body was recovered indicated as much as 8 to 12 inches may have fallen.
 
About a dozen people were injured by a series of tornadoes that touched down southwest of Oklahoma City, part of a storm system that flattened structures and caused severe flooding in several Great Plain states, officials said on Thursday.
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