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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KMOX) — Gov. Mike Beebe says two deaths in Little Rock have pushed the death toll from violent weather in Arkansas to seven.

Little Rock police spokesman Terry Hastings says a tree fell on a Little Rock home, killing an 8-year-old boy and his mother who had climbed into bed with him as a severe storm moved through the city overnight.

Hastings says an infant sleeping in another room was not hurt.

The violent weather was part of a complex of storms that hit the Southern Plains and Mid-South late Thursday and early Friday.

Other Arkansas deaths occurred in Bald Knob, Colt, Scott and two in Garland County.

Nationally, the death toll stands at nine. A tornado killed two elderly sisters at Tushka in southeastern Oklahoma.

That same storm system is set to move across the St. Louis area this afternoon.

The National Weather Service in St. Louis says the storms are forecast to develop mainly along and east of a line from Quincy, Ill. to St. Louis to Farmington, Mo.

(See latest St. Louis-area radar loop here)

The strongest storms will be capable of producing tornadoes, very large hail, and damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph. The same weather system has already spanned tornadoes and strong storms blamed for the loss of life and property in Oklahoma and set off severe weather alerts throughout the Midwest (see CBSNews.com coverage of the deadly twister here).

Follow the forecast live on KMOX throughout the day and find the latest weather advisories and storm alerts in the KMOX.com Weather Center.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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