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At least 7 dead as violent weather hit the plains; storms next road to the east coast



At least seven people have died – five in Missouri, one in Oklahoma and one in Iowa – after severe weather hit the plains this week.

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At least 80 tornadoes were reported over Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska within two days. Only Wednesday there were 22 reported tornadoes in Oklahoma and Missouri.

The damage on Wednesday night was mainly concentrated in Missouri Jasper and Howard counties.

There were three deaths in the area around Golden City, about 45 minutes northeast of Joplin and several injuries in Carl Junction, a suburb of Joplin, according to the Missouri Department of Public Safety.

  PHOTO: This picture taken from video provided by KOCO-5 shows home dangerously close to Cimarron River, May 22, 2019, near Crescent, Oka. KOCO-5 via AP
This image taken from video provided by KOCO-5 shows home dangerously close to Cimarron River, May 22, 2019, near Crescent, Oka.

Local authorities confirmed four deaths on Tuesday, including a woman driving around a barricade and drowned in flood parks in Perkins, Oklahoma; a 74-year-old woman who died as a result of her home was hit by a reported tornado in Adair, Iowa; and two deaths were due to a heavy-duty car accident near Springfield, Missouri.

<img src = "https://s.abcnews.com/images/US/weather-3-ap-er-190522_hpEmbed_3x2_992.jpg" border = "0" width = "640" height = "480" alt = "PHOTO: Storm injuries from a suspected tornado in Wright County at the Town and Country Supermarket in Hartville, Mo., May 21, 2019. [19659008] Missouri State Highway Patrol via AP
Country Supermarket in Hartville, Mo., May 21, 2019.

There was also concern in Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, where two barges broke free in fast water on the Arkansas River on Wednesday night and officials feared they could take a dam down.

"Evacuate the Webbers Falls right away," the city said on its Facebook page. "The camps are loose and have the potential to hit the lock and the dam 16. If the dam breaks, it will be disastrous !! Leave it !!"

Floods were in effect at Plains Wednesday. Another 4 inch rain is expected in some of the already flooded areas for the next 48 hours.

  PHOTO: A house damaged in a tornado, May 20, 2019, in Mangum, Okla., Is pictured from the air, May 21st. A strong storm storm has created more than 30 tornadoes across the central US Sue Ogrocki / AP
A house damaged in a tornado, May 20, 2019, in Mangum, Okla., Depicted from air, May 21st. A strong storm storm has created more than 30 tornadoes across the central United States
  PHOTO: Hay bales and equipment are depicted in a flooded field, May 21, 2019, in Kingfisher, Okla. was a problem throughout the state. Sue Ogrocki / AP
Hay bales and equipment are depicted in a flooded field, May 21, 2019, in Kingfisher, Okla. Flooding after heavy rains was a problem all over the state.

Joplin was the site of a disastrous tornado for just eight years since May 22, 2011. More than 150 people were killed in that natural disaster.

On Thursday, part of the storm system moves into the Northeast and brings a chance of severe weather from West Virginia to New England.

Northeast is most exposed to gusts of wind, heavy rain, scattered hail and tornadoes in Thursday afternoon and evening.

The plains will also be at risk of large hail, harmful winds and tornadoes at that time.

ABC News & # 39; Will Gretsky, Marilyn Heck, Reed Mcdonough and Melissa Griffin contribute to this report.


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