Tornado-Spawning Storms in Central US Over Memorial Day Weekend Result in At Least 8 Deaths

Deadly Tornadoes Strike Central United States

At least eight people, including children, have lost their lives as suspected tornadoes hit the central United States overnight. Severe storms caused power outages and forced residents to seek shelter during Memorial Day weekend.

Threat of Severe Weather Across the US

More than 110 million people across the US are under threat of large hail, damaging winds, and fierce twisters, particularly in the mid-Mississippi, Ohio, and Tennessee River valleys. The Storm Prediction Center has warned of “violent tornadoes, extreme hail, and widespread wind damage” as the storms continue to move east.

States Affected by Severe Storms

Five fatalities were reported in Cooke County, Texas, with two children still missing. Two people died in Benton County, Arkansas, and two more lost their lives in northeast Oklahoma. Dozens were injured in the severe weather.

Damage and Response Efforts

Multiple homes and vehicles were damaged or destroyed in Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Emergency crews are working to respond to power outages, downed trees, and damaged homes in affected areas. Residents are urged to stay off roads to allow for cleanup efforts.

Power Outages and Travel Disruptions

Over 250,000 homes and businesses in the Plains and Missouri are without power. Storms are moving eastward, causing travel disruptions and flight delays in cities like Chicago, St. Louis, and Nashville. The severe weather may also affect the Indianapolis 500 race.

Extreme Heat and Precautionary Measures

As summer begins, record-high temperatures are expected in parts of the US. Excessive heat warnings and advisories have been issued for southern Texas and Florida. Individuals are advised to stay hydrated, wear lightweight clothing, and seek cooling centers if needed.

Read More of this Story at – 2024-05-26 15:39:00

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