Experts say an area from Oklahoma to Ohio could get heavy rain, hail and possible tornadoes this weekend.
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At least one person in Missouri was killed Saturday as heavy thunderstorms and rain pummeled parts of the Midwest, causing flooding and tornadoes.

A woman was swept away by flood waters Saturday near Clever in southwest Missouri, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol. Troopers responding to a call for help rescued a man traveling with the woman.

The state reported nearly 100 evacuations and nearly three dozen rescues by late afternoon. The governors of Missouri and Oklahoma have declared states of emergency.

In east Texas, the Ben Wheeler Volunteer Fire Department confirmed that at least one person was killed after a tornado swept through the city of Canton, according to WFAA-TV.

A spokeswoman for ETMC Regional Heathcare Systems says its hospitals in the area have received 47 patients so far, including one in critical condition, the Associated Press reported.

National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Fox says at least one tornado hit Canton, about 50 miles east of Dallas. He says tornadoes also were reported in surrounding areas.

WFAA said a car dealership in the area sustained significant damage, and damage was also reported near Emory, Texas.  

The storms span from Oklahoma to Ohio and are expected to continue through Sunday in some areas. The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings in multiple states along the storm’s path.

In Southwest Missouri, local emergency management officials are preparing for the worst. The land there is saturated from earlier rains. In Branson, Mo., lake levels are already high.

Federal meteorologists said creeks and streams are quickly flooding and roads may soon become impassible. Hail, heavy winds over 60 mph and tornadoes may also accompany the storm.

Up to 6 inches of rain could fall in Springfield and Branson. Some areas of Missouri could see as much as 8 inches.

Erin Hedlun, a spokeswoman for the Greene County Office of Emergency Management said the agency is preparing for a “worst-case scenario but hoping for the best.”

Branson Mayor Karen Best signed an emergency proclamation Friday. The storms are expected to sweep through the metro St. Louis area Saturday afternoon. 

Residents of Northern Arkansas also are bracing for the storms, which were poised to douse the area with up to two inches of rain overnight Friday. Hail, damaging winds and tornadoes also are possible.

Farther west, a late spring storm is expected to blanket parts of Colorado with multiple inches of snow, including 3 to 7 inches in metro Denver. 

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