Wednesday, May 22nd 2019, 7:15 pm - The multi-day severe outbreak also left numerous damaged homes and infrastructure in its wake.
Multiple days of severe weather in parts of the U.S. have resulted in at least four fatalities and spawned more than 130 reports of tornadoes between Saturday and Wednesday.
One of the deaths was tornado related, according to CNN, which says a woman in the Iowa community of Adair was killed when a tornado destroyed the home in which she was sheltering early Wednesday. A man was injured in the same home.
One person died on Tuesday after driving his car around a barricade into a flooded roadway in Perkins, Oklahoma, according to CNN. The Associated Press reports weather was a factor in the deaths of two other people in a traffic accident in Springfield, Missouri.
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The multiple-day severe storm set up produced more than 130 tornado reports between Saturday and Wednesday, according to the U.S. National Weather Service, which reported multiple structures had been damaged or destroyed over the course of those five days.
Aside from the tornadoes, the storms that sparked were also marked by torrential rains, large hail and punishing winds also caused their share of damage to the region. In the longer term, flooding concerns are rising, as system after system brings more rainfall to the already-swollen Mississippi watershed.
As mentioned above, Wednesday has already a deadly day for the region, and parts of Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma are once again in for punishing weather.