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Southern U.S. states threatened by tornadoes

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08:51, March 22, 2012

HOUSTON, March 21 (Xinhua) -- A storm system that socked south- central United States Monday could bring more flash floods and even tornadoes in a corridor stretching from Texas east to Louisiana and as far north as Missouri, U.S. media reported Wednesday.

The U.S. National Weather Service said large hail and strong wind are possible in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi Wednesday night. Tornado watches were issued for parts of Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana.

Flash floods hit Louisiana, Arkansas and eastern Texas following heavy rain Tuesday and overnight, local media reported.

Some roads in Louisiana were flooded and closed and additional heavy rainfall was expected to produce more flash flooding in northwest Louisiana, the National Weather Service warned.

Rain and thunderstorms are possible in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and western Tennessee Wednesday, the weather service said.

In Texas, three tornadoes hit the San Antonio area during storms on Monday. About 30 structures were damaged and at least eight people were injured, four of them hospitalized, according to ABC news.

In central Arkansas, strong winds Tuesday afternoon caused extensive damage in the town of Morrilton and caused at least one injury, officials said.

In Arkansas and Oklahoma, the Forest Service has closed campsites in low-lying areas.


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