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Photos: Devastating aftermath of deadly tornadoes and flooding in central, southern US


Severe thunderstorms and flooding left a trail of damage across the central and southern United States during the final days of April.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center stated there were over 500 preliminary tornado, damaging wind and hail reports from the central and southern Plains to the Ohio Valley and Southeast, spanning Friday night to Sunday.

Four confirmed tornadoes touched down in northeastern Texas during the late afternoon and evening of Saturday. At least five people were killed and dozens more injured.

One of the tornadoes crossed Interstate 20 in Van Zandt County, about 65 miles east of Dallas. Local media reported the tornado flipped dozens of cars, resulting in widespread injuries.

Even more tornadoes touched down across Louisiana and Mississippi on Sunday, with at least 15 preliminary tornado reports.

An abundant amount of rainfall was unleashed across some of the same areas that were affected by severe weather.

Over half a foot of rain fell in portions of Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois, which quickly overwhelmed streams, rivers and storm drains. Widespread flooding overtook many communities throughout the area.

Despite the storms moving away from the area, significant flooding will persist as runoff continues to spill into major rivers.

Severe Storms Oklahoma

Crews prepare to repair damaged power lines in Oklahoma City, Saturday, April 29, 2017. Severe thunderstorms have toppled tree limbs and power lines and caused minor flooding across Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Severe Storms Oklahoma

A man walks by the toppled iconic structural arch that welcomed visitors to the annual Oklahoma State Fair in Oklahoma City, Saturday, April 29, 2017. Severe thunderstorms have toppled tree limbs and power lines and caused minor flooding across Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Severe Storms Oklahoma

Damaged power lines are pictured in Oklahoma City, Saturday, April 29, 2017. Severe thunderstorms have toppled tree limbs and power lines and caused minor flooding across Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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Roads turned into rivers in Blytheville, Arkansas. (Image via twitter @MissCoOEM)

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A tree was found on top of a car and its garage in Blytheville, Arkansas, following severe weather on April 30, 2017. (Photo/Twitter/@MissCoOEM)