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US Severe Storms: Tragedy Strikes with Over 20 Fatalities and Widespread Damage

US Severe Storms

Severe storms in the US killed at least 20 people and injured hundreds

A series of powerful storms swept across the central United States over the Memorial Day weekend, leaving at least 20 people dead and hundreds injured. The hardest-hit areas included Cooke County, Texas, where a tornado killed seven people, and Arkansas, where eight people died. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency for the state in response to the severe weather.

In Texas, over 100 injuries and 200 destroyed homes were reported, with disaster areas declared in 108 counties by Governor Greg Abbott. The severe weather has caused significant damage and loss for families and small businesses in the state, with the storm expected to move eastward and impact other states in the coming days.

Key Concepts

  • Severe storms hit central United States over Memorial Day weekend, leaving at least 20 dead.
  • Tornadoes caused destruction in Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, with Cooke County, Texas being hardest hit.
  • Kentucky Governor declared a state of emergency due to severe weather.
  • Texas Governor declared disaster areas in 108 counties.
  • Over 100 injuries and 200 destroyed homes reported in Texas.
  • Storms expected to move eastward, impacting several states.

Powerful storms swept across the central United States on Saturday, leaving at least 20 people dead and hundreds injured.

Homes were destroyed in Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, and tens of thousands of people lost power over the Memorial Day weekend.

The Cooke County, Texas, sheriff said a tornado struck a rural area near a local mobile home park, killing seven people, including two children: a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old.

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Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a press conference Sunday that eight people died in the state. An emergency official said two of them died from conditions caused by the storm, including heart attacks and a loss of oxygen supply due to power outages.

Local officials said three people died in Kentucky and two in Mayes County, Oklahoma. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency for the state on Monday.

“Severe weather continues to move across the state, with numerous reports of wind damage and tornadoes,” he said on social media. “I have issued a state emergency order to ensure that affected communities have the resources they need to respond.”

One person was crushed to death by a fallen tree in Louisville, Kentucky. Texas

Governor Greg Abbott said about 100 people were injured and more than 200 homes and buildings were destroyed. He declared disaster areas for at least 108 counties in the state on Sunday.

Abbott said, “The hopes and dreams of families and small businesses in Texas have been crushed by storm after storm.”

Houston’s severe weather killed eight people in early May and was part of a series of deadly weather conditions that have caused damage across the country this month.

The severe weather is expected to move eastward before the end of this holiday weekend, with storms expected to hit Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

Forecasters say extreme weather is expected to move into North Carolina and Virginia on Monday as well.

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