At Least 9 Dead in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas After Severe Weather Roars Across Region

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At Least 9 Dead in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas After Severe Weather Roars Across Region

At Least 9 Dead In Texas, Oklahoma, And Arkansas After Severe Weather Roars Across Region

Powerful storms killed at least nine people and left a wide trail of destruction Sunday across Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. The severe weather obliterated homes and destroyed a truck stop where drivers took shelter during the latest deadly weather to strike the central U.S.

At Least 9 Dead In Texas, Oklahoma, And Arkansas After Severe Weather Roars Across Region

Five of the deaths occurred in Texas, near the Oklahoma border, where a tornado Saturday night ploughed through a rural area near a mobile home park. Storms also caused damage in Oklahoma, where guests at an outdoor wedding were injured. Tens of thousands of residents were left without power across the region.

At Least 9 Dead In Texas, Oklahoma, And Arkansas After Severe Weather Roars Across Region

“It’s just a trail of debris left. The devastation is pretty severe,” Cooke County Sheriff Ray Sappington

At Least 9 Dead In Texas, Oklahoma, And Arkansas After Severe Weather Roars Across Region

Multiple people were transported to hospitals by ambulance and helicopter in Denton County, Texas, though the full extent of the injuries was not immediately known. Sappington said the dead in Texas included three family members found in one home near the small community of Valley View.

At Least 9 Dead In Texas, Oklahoma, And Arkansas After Severe Weather Roars Across Region

At Least 9 Dead In Texas, Oklahoma, And Arkansas After Severe Weather Roars Across Region
at least 9 dead in texas, oklahoma, and arkansas after severe weather roars across region

At least two people were reported killed in Arkansas, including a 26-year-old woman found dead outside a destroyed home in Olvey, a small community in Boone County, according to Daniel Bolen with the county’s Office of Emergency Management. Another person died in Benton County, Arkansas. Melody Kwok, the county’s communications director, said multiple other people were injured, and emergency workers were still responding to calls.

At Least 9 Dead In Texas, Oklahoma, And Arkansas After Severe Weather Roars Across Region

At Least 9 Dead In Texas, Oklahoma, And Arkansas After Severe Weather Roars Across Region
At Least Five Dead After Tornado Strikes Texas Amid Severe Memorial Day Weekend Storms In The Us

“We are still on search and rescue right now,” Kwok said. “This is a very active situation.”

At Least 9 Dead In Texas, Oklahoma, And Arkansas After Severe Weather Roars Across Region

Officials also confirmed two deaths in Mayes County, Oklahoma. Details about the deceased were not immediately available, said Mike Dunham, the county’s deputy director of emergency management.

At Least 9 Dead In Texas, Oklahoma, And Arkansas After Severe Weather Roars Across Region
At Least Five Dead After Tornado Strikes Texas Amid Severe Memorial Day Weekend Storms In The Us

The destruction continued a grim month of deadly severe weather in the nation’s midsection. Tornadoes in Iowa this week left at least five people dead and dozens injured. The deadly twisters have spawned during a historically bad season for tornadoes, at a time when climate change contributes to the severity of storms worldwide. April had the second-highest number of tornadoes on record in the country.

In Texas, a tornado crossed into Denton County, north of Dallas, overturning tractor-trailers and halting traffic on Interstate 35, county spokesperson Dawn Cobb said. A shelter was opened in the rural town of Sanger.

Sappington reported that at least 60 to 80 people were inside a highway truck stop, some seeking shelter when the storm barreled through, but there were no serious injuries.

Daybreak began to reveal the full scope of the devastation. Aerial footage showed dozens of damaged homes, including many without roofs and others reduced to rubble. Residents woke up to overturned cars and collapsed garages. Some residents could be seen pacing around and sorting through scraps of wood, assessing the damage. Nearby, neighbours sat on the foundation of a wrecked home.

At the height of the storms, more than 24,000 homes and businesses lost power in Oklahoma, according to the state Office of Emergency Management. The agency also reported extensive damage from baseball-sized hail and multiple injuries at an outdoor wedding in rural Woods County.

Meteorologists and authorities issued urgent warnings to seek cover as the storms marched across the region overnight. “If you are in the path of this storm, take cover now!” the National Weather Service office in Norman posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.

In Texas, the Denton Fire Department posted on social media that emergency crews near Dallas were responding to a marina “for multiple victims, some reported trapped.” Inaccessible roads and downed power lines in Oklahoma led officials in the town of Claremore, near Tulsa, to announce on social media that the city was “shut down” due to the damage.

April and May have been busy months for tornadoes, especially in the Midwest. Iowa was hit hard last week when a deadly twister devastated Greenfield. Other storms brought flooding and wind damage elsewhere in the state.

The system causing the latest severe weather was expected to move east over the rest of the Memorial Day weekend, bringing rain that could delay the Indianapolis 500 auto race Sunday in Indiana and more severe storms in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Kentucky.

The risk of severe weather moves into North Carolina and Virginia on Monday, forecasters said.

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