State of Emergencies Declared Over Brutal Storms

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A state of emergency has been declared in Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee on day two of severe storms that have killed at least 11 people.

Hurricane force winds tore through the South Tuesday night and Wednesday, damaging more than 100 Texas homes and claiming the life of one Arkansas toddler.

The storm system spanning from Texas to Georgia was latest in a relentless barrage of brutal weather that has continued to pound large parts of the country.
    
Tuesday night, multiple tornadoes were captured on home video in southwest Dallas.

"That's a tornado cloud right there, dude," one man was heard saying in the video. "It's going to cross the highway here in a little bit." 

Meanwhile, in Arkansas more than 600,000 have been left without power after a series of severe storms ripped through the state on Monday. At least 10 people were killed and more than a dozen homes destroyed.

"I'm amazed that we haven't had any more loss of life, based on the damage you're looking at," Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said.

In McComb, Miss., a 3-year old toddler was killed when a tree crashed into her house. The trunk fell directly on the bed where the girl and her parents were sleeping.

"They're taking it pretty hard," Lakedra Tobias, a relative of the girl, said. "She was just the light of everybody."

In other parts of the country, communities are fighting severe flooding from relentless rains. In Oklahoma, entire roads have been swept away.

"Can we just close our eyes, click our heels three times and it'll be over with," one flood victim said.

"I don't want to move. I don't want to leave," storm victim Sheila Strong said. 

Illinois's Ohio River has risen 15 feet above flood stage.

"There's some places, they're not going to help. The water is going to take the property," Metropolis, Ill., Mayor Billy McDaniel said. 

But the greatest flood threat is in Popular Bluff, Mo., where the levee on the Black River has started to give way. A thousand homes there have been evacuated.

"We're completely under at our house," Missouri flood victim John Storey said.

The area has already seen 15 inches of rain in four days and forecasters say there's more to come.

"Flood one, a couple of weeks ago, was a little inconvenient," flood victim Jamie Donahue said. "Flood two is more of a major inconvenience. We just hope there's not a flood three." 

Another round of severe weather is expected to slam into the Carolinas Wednesday night, an area that saw deadly tornadoes just a week ago.

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