Massive weekend storm system kills at least 24, including 4 soldiers in Missouri

By on December 28, 2015

(UPI) — A recent massive storm system that generated tornadoes and flooding through much of the country has left 24 people dead, including four soldiers in Missouri.

The storm system is forecast to continue until at least Tuesday. In Missouri, intense rain and flooding is expected through much of the state on Monday, with snow and freezing rain forecast in the north of the state.

Eight people died over the weekend in Missouri, including four international soldiers stationed at Fort Leonard for training. Reports indicate the soldiers died after their car drove atop a flooded road Saturday night and was swept several hundred yards downstream. Two soldiers found in the car died from drowning and the bodies of the other two were found Sunday morning.

“The possibility of a fifth occupant of the car exists, since an acquaintance of the above men is still missing,” a police statement said.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in Missouri on Sunday.

“Widespread flooding and continued rainfall are causing very dangerous conditions across much of central and southern Missouri,” Nixon said in a statement. “Multiple fatalities due to flash flooding have already been reported, and I urge Missourians in flood-affected areas to stay alert, avoid travel if possible and never drive into a flooded roadway. With more heavy rain expected tonight and tomorrow, state emergency management personnel will be working around the clock to keep Missourians safe.”

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