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Heavy storms hit Oklahoma, Kansas City

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Powerful storms caused flooding that killed at least five people in the Kansas City area, while several people were injured when a tornado hit an Oklahoma town.

Rainfall totals of 6 inches or more were registered across the area Sunday, the National Weather Service said.In the suburb of Blue Springs, Mo., east of Kansas City, the body of 9-year-old John W. Parmerlee was found in runoff from a cove leading to a lake behind his home.

Two more deaths were reported in suburbs in neighboring Kansas. In Overland Park, an 83-year-old man who tried to drive through high water was swept away when he tried to get out. In Lenexa, Kenneth W. Tucker, 27, was found about a half-mile from his car, which was in a creek.

In Kansas City, the bodies of a man and a woman were pulled from an overflowing creek after flooding collapsed a bridge. They were not immediately identified.

At the height of the storm, the rain and lightning were so bad that the football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Seattle Seahawks was delayed 45 minutes. Some wind gusts reached 70 mph. In Lee's Summit, east of the city, fish were washed into roads.

Some streets and highways continued to be blocked by high water this morning, making for a difficult commute in the metropolitan area.

In Oklahoma, 13 people were injured in the town of Prague, about 45 miles east of Oklahoma City, when a tornado touched down Sunday night. One person was in stable condition with back and neck injuries; the other injuries were minor.

Ben Springfield, director of emergency management in Lincoln County, which includes Prague, said there were no injuries outside the town "but we probably have half a dozen houses destroyed."

In Watonga, 70 miles northwest of Oklahoma City, a 200-yard-wide tornado caused damage and power outages, while another twister in northwestern Oklahoma damaged a barn and a house.

In Moore, an Oklahoma City suburb, about 50 houses were damaged.