Severe Storms in Southern States Leave 15 Dead

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Tornadoes combined with heavy rainfall and flooding led to 15 fatalities across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kentucky over the weekend.

One tornado initiated in northern Texas on Saturday night. Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) confirmed on Sunday that seven individuals had died due to storm-related incidents. Cooke County Sheriff Ray Sappington reported approximately 20 injuries, including three individuals trapped in the debris of their house. Abbott later extended a disaster proclamation to include the affected county and Denton County.

Severe Storms in Southern States Leave 15 Dead
Destroyed homes are seen after a deadly tornado rolled through the previous night, Sunday, May 26, 2024, in Valley View, Texas. Powerful storms left a wide trail of destruction Sunday across Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas after obliterating homes and destroying a truck stop where drivers took shelter during the latest deadly weather to strike the central U.S. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The tornadoes proceeded to move north and east, hitting Oklahoma and resulting in two deaths. Arkansas was next in the tornado’s trajectory, with five recorded fatalities. Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R-AR) responded with an emergency order to allocate necessary funds for relief.

In Louisville, Kentucky, Mayor Craig Greenberg reported one fatality due to severe weather, as the state remained under a tornado watch on Sunday. Kentucky experienced the highest number of power outages, with over 166,000 customers affected, according to PowerOutage.us.

Besides the fatalities, all the impacted states reported structural damages to homes, businesses, and even a lakefront marina in one instance. Approximately 440,000 customers in the storm’s path experienced power outages.

Jenny Goldsberry
Jenny Goldsberry
Jenny Goldsberry covers social media and trending news. She’s a 2020 Brigham Young University graduate with a major in communications and minor in Japanese. She was born in Utah and has previous newsroom experience at the Salt Lake Tribune and Utah’s NPR station.

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