Deadly Storms That Hit Central U.S. Move East

Deadly storms that swirled through the central US over the weekend are moving east Monday, putting close to 80 million people at risk of severe weather.

At least 15 people were killed and dozens more injured as storms tore through Texas, Missouri, Arkansas and Mississippi, spawning tornadoes and floods that left a trail of devastation.

In Arkansas, the search continued for two children separated from their mother after their car was swept away by flood waters. But the search switched to one of “recovery” rather than “rescue” of the 4-year-old and 18-month-old children, Madison County Sheriff Rick Evans told CNN affiliate TV station KHOG.

The woman told deputies her car was pushed off the road and into a river in Hindsville. She was able to escape the car but couldn’t save the children in the fast current after she left the vehicle.

“We’re probably looking at a recovery effort, the way things happened,” Evans said Sunday afternoon, as some 100 volunteers scoured the river and its banks, with help from a helicopter crew above. “I hate to look at it that way. We’re hoping for the best.”

The search was set to continue Monday morning.

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SOURCE: CNN, Jay Croft, Joe Sutton and Susannah Cullinane