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Weekly wrap-up: Tornadoes sweep across Midwest; Flood recovery efforts continue in South

Strong thunderstorms unleashed over 20 tornadoes across the United States this week.

Ten weak tornadoes touched down throughout Arkansas on Sunday, as much of the state was cleaning up following heavy rains.

Five tornadoes were reported in Ohio on Monday, including two that were given an EF1 rating. One EF1 tornado occurred near Wheatville, Ohio, about an hour south of Cincinnati.

Property damage was reported, but there were no injuries.

The second EF1 tornado touched down near Phillipsburg, also about an hour since of Cincinnati. A roof was lifted off a farmhouse, but no one was reportedly hurt.

In Illinois on Tuesday, 40 homes were damaged and at least 10 people suffered injuries after an EF2 tornado touched down near Hampton, Illinois, and traveled nearly 5 miles before lifting near Rapids City, Illinois.

The National Weather Service in Lincoln, Illinois, reported four other tornadoes in its coverage area.

Recovery efforts continued across the South this week following last week's disastrous flooding, which inundated some areas with 1-2 feet of rain.

The Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said in a statement this week that over 6,100 structures have received flood damage and nearly 5,000 rescues have been reported. The federal government has declared a major disaster for the state.

In Mississippi, storm reports have come in from over 40 counties.

Over 600 homes suffered major damage, impacting nearly 1,600 residents according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster for 17 counties on Monday as a result of the flooding. Additionally, parts of Interstate 10 along the Texas-Louisiana border remained inundated through this week.

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Rain and snow moved through California last weekend, helping restore water levels in reservoirs and improving the state's snowpack.

Several feet of snow fell across the the Sierra Nevada, while part of Highway 3 was washed away in Trinity County.

In Washington state, one man died in Seattle when a tree fell on his car during a strong windstorm, according to the Associated Press.

Several days of heavy rain caused significant flooding in northern Pakistan and India. At least 62 people died in northern Pakistan with another 97 requiring medical attention according to the country's National Disaster Management Authority. Over 170 houses have been damaged.

Several AccuWeather meteorologists and staff writers contributed content to this article.


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