CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Strong storms continuing to surge across the South dumped more than 5 inches of rain in Tennessee on Tuesday, causing flash floods and at least one death.
A day after tornados (search) destroyed homes in Arkansas and Alabama and left three dead in Missouri, heavy rain caused a Tennessee driver's vehicle to hydroplane, jump and guardrail and overturn. Police said the woman died instantly.
Rain also swamped a water treatment plant in Waynesboro, Tenn. Officials said residents were not affected, but water from other sources was being delivered to hospitals and nursing homes.
At Tennessee State University (search) in downtown Nashville, rain caused a 30-foot section of portico over the main entrance of a building to collapse. No classes were in session because of fall break, and no one was injured.
Elsewhere, residents were cleaning up from Monday's tornados, which claimed three lives in southeastern Missouri.
Three family members died and other relatives were injured when a tornado destroyed three homes and a farm shop near the small town of Cooter, the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday.
The tornado touched down Monday night on Don Tims' property, killing his sister, his brother-in-law and his father.
Tims, his wife and sister-in-law were also hospitalized. Three or four children in the homes were treated for minor injuries.
"We had a problem finding some of the victims," Sheriff's Deputy Ferrell Stewart told The Kennett Daily Dunklin Democrat. "One was found across the roadway from the residence." Parts of the mobile homes were found a mile away, he said.
In Arkansas, authorities said at least 118 buildings were damaged and about 15 people were injured in two tornados. No deaths were reported.
With her mobile home destroyed and her daughter injured, Virginia Ragan burst into tears Tuesday.
"The wind started crashing in," she said, standing amid the rubble that was once her home. "I thought, it's just a storm, it's just a storm. But then the trailer started raising up. The windows were busted."