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11 killed by storms in Tennessee, Mississippi

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Seven people were killed in Tennessee and four in northern Mississippi by a line of storms that brought heavy flooding and tornadoes to the region over the weekend.

More rain and storms loomed yesterday as emergency officials in Tennessee sought help from the state's Army National Guard, and urged people to stay off roads turned into raging rivers.

At least three people are missing after getting swept away by floodwaters, and one of them is presumed dead by the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, which would bring the death toll to eight. The agency confirmed that one person died around 4 a.m. Sunday in a tornado near Pocahontas, about 70 miles east of Memphis. The other deaths in Tennessee were all due to flooding, TEMA said.

Interstate 24 remained closed in Nashville, and segments of I-40 between Nashville and Memphis were blocked.

"The big message we're trying to get out is stay off the road," TEMA spokesman Mike Browning said. "It's really dangerous for a lot of people to be out there right now."

In Mississippi, a man died in Corinth after his car was submerged under floodwaters. Two people died in a Benton County mobile home that "looks like you stuck about four sticks of dynamite on it and it just disappeared," said the coroner.

And in Lafayette County, one person was killed in Abbe-ville, where 15 or 20 houses were damaged by strong winds.

A line of strong thunderstorms Saturday dumped at least 10 inches of rain on Memphis and produced tornadoes and hail along the Mississippi River Valley in Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky and northward. - AP

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