Falling Goal Post Kills Girl in Storm

At least 14 dead in storms in South, Midwest
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 1, 2017 2:19 AM CDT
Falling Goal Post Kills Girl in Storm
Debris lies on the ground in Canton, Texas on Sunday, April 30, 2017.   (Sarah A. Miller)

At least 14 people have been killed by tornadoes or flooding in the South and Midwest by a storm that also dumped a rare late-season blizzard in western Kansas on Sunday. Tornadoes hit several small towns in East Texas, killing four people. Five people were killed by flooding and winds in Arkansas, including Cove Creek/Pearson Fire Chief Doug Decker, who was struck by a vehicle while checking water levels, the AP reports. Two deaths were reported in Missouri, including a woman who drowned after rushing water swept away a car. One of two deaths in Mississippi was a 7-year-old who died from electric shock in floodwaters, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

A 2-year-old girl in Tennessee died after being struck by a heavy, metal soccer goal post that was blown over by high winds, the Metro Nashville Police Department tweeted Sunday evening. Melanie Espinoza Rodriguez was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead, the department says. Rescuers in northwest Arkansas continued Sunday to look for an 18-month-old girl and a 4-year-old boy who were in a vehicle swept off a bridge by floodwaters in Hindsville, the Madison County Sheriff's Office says. In Texas, search teams went door to door Sunday after the tornadoes the day before flattened homes and uprooted trees in Canton. (Read more severe weather stories.)

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