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Deadly tornadoes, giant hail, record floods and pre-summer heat waves: Lately, the U.S. has been pummeled with intense weather. And hurricane season started Wednesday.


We’re doing our best to keep on top of it all, with your help.


At the moment, we’ve got our eye on the Missouri River basin, where the Dakotas, Iowa, Nebraska and other states are under water or bracing for flooding from record rains and melting snow in the northern Rocky Mountains. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has urged people living along the river to make evacuation plans.

In South Sioux City, Nebraska, “half the town is moving out and the other half is cleaning out their basement,” says Dakota County Star Editor Jim Headley, who shot this photo of Scenic Park on Wednesday. "We know it's coming.”


Tammie Zortman-Deanda says her community of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, is not under mandatory evacuation at this point, but the governor has strongly encouraged people pack up their belongings. The gated neighborhood sits on both the Missouri and Big Sioux rivers, and for the past few days, her neighbors have been filling trailers with furniture.


"People have taken up their toilets, their sinks, their carpets -- my neighbors took out her kitchen cabinets," she said. "Nobody really knows what's going to happen. Most of us don't have flood insurance because we don't live in a flood zone, but now we’re being told we could see water at 10 feet."


We're also following tornado recovery efforts in Joplin, Missouri, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


If you experience severe weather in your area, please share photos and footage with iReport. We’re collecting stories about the aftermath of the Joplin, Missouri tornado here; flooding along the Mississippi River here; other tornado footage here and wildfires here. For iReports about flooding outside the Mississippi, extreme heat and other intense weather, please upload to our severe weather assignment.


As always, please stay safe. The weather is often unpredictable and sometimes dangerous, so please do not expose yourself to a risky or potentially dangerous situation.

June 2, 2011