ST. LOUIS (AP) — In a story May 1 about severe weather, The Associated Press reported erroneously the circumstances of the death of a 7-year-old. The Rankin County coroner says the boy’s death was not storm-related.
A corrected version of the story is below:
15 dead after tornadoes, floods ravage Midwest, South
Several southern states braced for more severe weather Monday in the wake of storms, tornadoes and flooding that claimed 16 lives and left authorities in Arkansas searching for two children swept away by raging waters
By JIM SALTER
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Several southern states braced for more severe weather Monday in the wake of storms, tornadoes and flooding that claimed 15 lives and left authorities in Arkansas searching for two children swept away by raging waters.
The outbreak that began Saturday over much of the U.S. Midwest and South included at least four tornadoes in Texas and severe flooding after more than a foot of rain fell in parts of Missouri. The storm even spawned a rare mid-spring snowstorm in Kansas.
It’s not over yet. More flooding and tornadoes are possible as storms roll eastward in a band stretching from Alabama into the Ohio River valley. A wind advisory was in effect over much of the South. Parts of the Florida Panhandle could be affected by severe thunderstorms or high winds and dangerous rip currents.
In Missouri, docile creeks swelled to dangerous levels, and river levels jumped after the downpours. The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency counted 143 water rescues statewide but acknowledged that countless others probably weren’t reported. Hundreds of people were evacuated, a levee was topped in a rural area northwest of St. Louis, and a 57-mile stretch of Interstate 44 was closed.
The Mississippi River was well above flood stage at several points, including Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where it is expected to crest later this week within a half-foot of the all-time record of 48.9 feet.
Near Cape Girardeau, residents of…