DISASTERS

Powerful storms take aim at Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas; 1 killed, 4 hurt as house destroyed

  • Brittany Garner, right, shows Toshia Laing the tree that fell in her backyard during the storm Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in Monroe, La. (AP Photo/The Shreveport Times, Henrietta Wildsmith)

    Brittany Garner, right, shows Toshia Laing the tree that fell in her backyard during the storm Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in Monroe, La. (AP Photo/The Shreveport Times, Henrietta Wildsmith)  (The Associated Press)

  • Monroe firefighter, Dominic Rutherford, checks in houses to make sure the residents are okay Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in Monroe, La. (AP Photo/The Shreveport Times, Henrietta Wildsmith)

    Monroe firefighter, Dominic Rutherford, checks in houses to make sure the residents are okay Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in Monroe, La. (AP Photo/The Shreveport Times, Henrietta Wildsmith)  (The Associated Press)

  • John Brooks looks into the room that was hit by a tree during the storm Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in Monroe, La, it was going to be the nursery for his expected baby. (AP Photo/The Shreveport Times, Henrietta Wildsmith)

    John Brooks looks into the room that was hit by a tree during the storm Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in Monroe, La, it was going to be the nursery for his expected baby. (AP Photo/The Shreveport Times, Henrietta Wildsmith)  (The Associated Press)

A powerful storm system swept across Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma, killing at least one person and injuring four others, emergency officials said, as millions of people were in the path of hurricane-force winds and possible tornadoes later Monday.

The storms destroyed a home near Ashdown, about 150 miles southwest of Little Rock, but it wasn't immediately known whether the damage was caused by powerful winds or a pop-up tornado, said Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokesman Rick Fahr. The storm downed trees in western Arkansas and left about 5,800 homes and businesses without power Monday morning in the state.

The Storm Prediction Center estimated that more than 36 million people are in the path of damaging winds, possible tornadoes and heavy rainfall Monday, with the greatest risk for severe weather along the Mississippi River from extreme southern Illinois to northern Louisiana. Cities at risk for the nasty weather include Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee; Houston; Indianapolis; New Orleans and St. Louis.

Widespread flash flooding is also expected in many areas as the storms dump heavy rainfall in a short period of time.

Damaging winds knocked out electricity and overturned trucks on Interstate 40 in western Oklahoma as powerful thunderstorms came through the state. Thousands of homes and businesses have lost electricity as thunderstorms soaked parts of North Texas.