At least eight people were killed and dozens injured by a wild storm that battered Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas overnight, according to reports.
The tempest sent three tornadoes tearing through three towns east of Dallas on Saturday evening, and at least 55 are in the hospital, CNN reports.
The twisters touched down in Eustace, Caney City and Canton just after 7:20 p.m., destroying cars and houses in its wake and leaving many locals with nothing.
“Sucked the house right off on top of us. The roof and everything collapsed on us,” canton resident William Melton told a local NBC affiliate. “Me and a buddy of mine shielded the kids with the roof.”
In southern Missouri, the storm caused severe flooding that killed at least two and forced nearly a hundred others to evacuate.
A 72-year-old woman drowned in the town of Clever after the rushing water washed away her car, the Springfield News-Leader reports.
An 18-year-old man also drowned near the town of Crocker after driving into a flooded area, according to the Weather Channel.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens declared a State of Emergency after troopers evacuated 93 people and rescued 33 others.
And in Arkansas, a 65-year-old woman died when the gale send a tree branch crashing through her DeWitt home, Arkansas Online reports.
Flash flood warnings remain in the area as the storm moves east, and heavy rain continues to batter the Lower Ohio Valley through the northern Gulf Coast, according to the Weather Channel.