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Deadly storms killed 18 people across multiple US states

Deadly storms killed 18 people across multiple US states

Deadly storms killed 18 people across multiple US states

Deadly storms killed 18 people across multiple US states

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  • The worst damage occurred in a region from north of Dallas to the northwest corner of Arkansas.
  • The storms threatened to bring more violent weather to other parts of the Midwest.
  • Tens of thousands of residents across the region were without power.
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Powerful storms killed at least 18 people, injured hundreds and left a wide trail of destruction across Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas after obliterating homes and destroying a truck stop where dozens sought shelter during the latest deadly weather to strike the central US.

The storms inflicted their worst damage in a region spanning from north of Dallas to the northwest corner of Arkansas, and the system threatened to bring more violent weather to other parts of the Midwest. Forecasters said that by Monday, the greatest risk would shift to the east, covering a broad swath of the country from Alabama to near New York City.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency early Monday on social media platform X, citing “multiple reports of wind damage and tornadoes.”

At a news conference on Sunday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott reported seven deaths in Cooke County, Texas, near the Oklahoma border, where a tornado plowed through a rural area near a mobile home park on Saturday night. The deceased included two children, ages 2 and 5. The county sheriff stated that three family members were found dead in one home.

Storms also claimed the lives of two people and destroyed houses in Oklahoma, with the injured including guests at an outdoor wedding. In Arkansas, eight people were injured, and one person was injured in Kentucky. Tens of thousands of residents across the region were without power.

In Texas, Abbott said about 100 people were injured, and more than 200 homes and structures were destroyed, as he sat in front of a ravaged truck stop near the small agricultural community of Valley View. The area was among the hardest hit, with officials estimating winds reaching 135 mph (217 kph).

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“The hopes and dreams of Texas families and small businesses have been crushed by storm after storm,” said Abbott, whose state has seen successive bouts of severe weather, including storms that killed eight people in Houston earlier this month.

On Sunday, Abbot signed an amended severe weather disaster declaration to include Denton, Montague, Cooke, and Collin on a list of counties already under a disaster declaration sparked by storms and flooding in late April.

Hugo Parra, who resides in Farmers Branch, north of Dallas, recounted riding out the storm with 40 to 50 people in the bathroom of the truck stop. The storm sheared the roof and walls off the building, mangling metal beams and leaving battered cars in the parking lot.

“A firefighter came to check on us and he said, ‘You’re very lucky,’” Parra said. “The best way to describe this is the wind tried to rip us out of the bathrooms.”

Emergency responders transported multiple people to hospitals by ambulance and helicopter in Denton County, also north of Dallas.

Abbott stated that no more deaths were expected, and nobody was reported missing in Texas. However, responders were conducting one more round of searches just in case.

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Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed in a news conference Sunday evening that eight people died statewide in Arkansas. An emergency official stated that two of the deaths were attributed to the circumstances of the storm but not directly caused by weather, including a person who suffered a heart attack and another who was deprived of oxygen due to a loss of electricity.

Daniel Bolen of the county’s emergency management office reported that the deaths included a 26-year-old woman who was found dead outside a destroyed home in Olvey, a small community in Boone County. Officials stated that one person died in Benton County, and two more bodies were found in Marion County.

Officials reported that in Oklahoma, two people died in Mayes County, east of Tulsa. In Kentucky, police stated that a man was killed Sunday in Louisville when a tree fell on him. Louisville Mayor Craig Greenburg confirmed on social media that it was a storm-related death.

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