Tornadoes Strike Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky

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  • Severe storms and tornadoes caused widespread damage.
  • At least 22 people were killed in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky and Alabama.
  • 80 people were injured at a truck stop along Interstate 35 in Valley View, Texas.

At least 22 people are dead after severe storms and tornadoes swept through parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky and Alabama during the holiday weekend.

The storms ripped apart homes, flipped semis and left hundreds of thousands of people without electricity.

H​ere’s a state-by-state breakdown:

Kentucky

Multiple tornadoes were reported across Western Kentucky Sunday night into early Monday morning.

In a news conference Monday, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said one tornado was on the ground for 40 miles.

He said at least four people died – three women and one man. At least two deaths were blamed on falling trees.

A man was killed Sunday in Louisville when a tree fell on him, police told the AP. Emergency management officials in Mercer County confirmed another person died early Monday morning when a tree fell on a home.

Gov. Beshear said a tree fell on a young girl riding a bike, but she survived.

He added that 14 counties and 5 cities declared a state of emergency. Some of the hardest-hit areas included Charleston and Dawson Springs where large trees were toppled and homes were torn to the ground.

More than 170,000 homes and businesses were without power Sunday, according to PowerOutage.US. The governor noted it could be days before power is restored to some areas.

Drone reveals tornado damage in Charleston, KY on the north side of Dawson Springs.

(Live Storms Media)

Texas

A​t least seven people died in Cooke County, Texas, about 50 miles north of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro.

A​mong those killed were two children, ages 2 and 5. Texas Governor Greg Abbott told reporters the children were from the same family.

“​It’s very tragic,” Cooke County Sheriff Ray Sappington told The Weather Channel.

A​ tornado there tore apart houses and businesses, flipped mobile homes and knocked down trees and power lines. Areas near the community of Valley View were especially hard hit.

Sappington said 60 to 80 people were injured at a truck stop called the AP Travel Center on Interstate 35. Many had rushed there to take shelter.

Damage is seen at a truck stop the morning after a tornado rolled through, 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)Damage is seen at a truck stop the morning after a tornado rolled through, 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)

Damage is seen at a truck stop the morning after a tornado rolled through, Sunday, May 26, 2024, in Valley View, Texas.

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Semitrailers were overturned further to the south i​n neighboring Denton County, closer to Dallas. Multiple people were taken to hospitals, some by helicopter, but the full extent of injuries wasn’t immediately known.

During a news conference Sunday evening, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott confirmed at least 100 people were injured, and at least 320 homes and other structures were damaged across four counties.

Gov. Abbott said he expected that number to increase as more damage assessments were completed. He signed disaster declarations for four more counties – Denton, Collin, Cooke and Montague – bringing it to a total of 106 counties on the list.

During that news conference, the National Weather Service also announced a preliminary EF2 rating for the tornado that hit Valley View.

Arkansas

There was heavy damage in northwest Arkansas, where a tornado toppled huge trees onto homes.

A survey team from the National Weather Service has given that tornado in Boone County a preliminary EF3 rating.

A​rkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee said Sunday night eight people died from the weekend storms. An emergency official said two of the deaths were not directly caused by weather; one person suffered a heart attack and another was deprived of oxygen due to a loss of electricity.

G​overnor Huckabee was expected to tour damaged areas Monday.

A 26-year-old woman was found outside a destroyed home in Olvey in Boone County, Daniel Bolen, with the county’s Office of Emergency Management, told the Associated Press. Six individuals in Boone County were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Pinkey Edmonson, manager at SusieQ Malt Shop in Rogers, Arkansas, examines the remains of the longtime town hamburger stand on 2nd Street, Sunday May 26, 2024, in Rogers, Arkansas. The building was destroyed by a tornado Saturday night. (J.T. Wampler/The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)Pinkey Edmonson, manager at SusieQ Malt Shop in Rogers, Arkansas, examines the remains of the longtime town hamburger stand on 2nd Street, Sunday May 26, 2024, in Rogers, Arkansas. The building was destroyed by a tornado Saturday night. (J.T. Wampler/The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

Pinkey Edmonson, manager at SusieQ Malt Shop in Rogers, Arkansas, examines the remains of the longtime town hamburger stand on 2nd Street, Sunday May 26, 2024, in Rogers, Arkansas. The building was destroyed by a tornado Saturday night.

(J.T. Wampler/The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

Another death occurred in Benton County, Melody Kwok, a county communications director, told the AP that multiple other people were injured. Two others died in Marion County.

​More than 60,000 people were still without power across the state Monday morning, according to PowerOutage.us.

O​klahoma

At least two people died in Oklahoma. Michael Dunham, deputy director with Mayes County Emergency Management, confirmed the deaths to weather.com Sunday morning.

Widespread damage was reported in Claremore, where 23 people were injured. Nineteen of those victims were transported to local hospitals, three with life-threatening injuries. The city was closed to traffic until noon Sunday, except for residents with identification.

Severe damage was reported in Saline as well as other areas of the northeast corner of the state.

M​issouri

A survey team from the National Weather Service confirmed an EF1 tornado touched down about 6 miles northwest of Mansfield, Missouri early Sunday morning.

T​hey say the twister downed numerous trees in a wooded area before dissipating near a highway.

A​labama

The Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency reported​ a woman died after a tree fell onto her house during storms on Monday morning.

I​ndianapolis 500 Delayed

The Indianapolis 500 was delayed and about 125,000 fans were evacuated from Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a strong storm bore down on the area. The storm brought wind gusts up to 45 mph as well as heavy rain, the Associated Press reported.

The race resumed after a lengthy delay and the green flag dropped just before 5 p.m. EDT Sunday.

May Is Living Up To Its Reputation

The storms are the latest round of severe weather to rip apart homes and lives across the Plains, Midwest and South this month, which is typically peak time for tornadoes in the U.S.

Friday, tornadoes were reported in Illinois and North Dakota. There were also dozens of reports of hail and high winds, including gusts between 60 mph and 70 mph in eastern Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Arkansas.

High winds associated with the morning severe weather overturned this semi-trailer on Interstate 280 west of Davenport, Iowa on Friday, May 24, 2024. Several tornadoes were reported in Iowa and Illinois as storms downed power lines and trees on Friday, just after a deadly twister devastated one small town.(Roy Dabner/Quad City Times via AP)High winds associated with the morning severe weather overturned this semi-trailer on Interstate 280 west of Davenport, Iowa on Friday, May 24, 2024. Several tornadoes were reported in Iowa and Illinois as storms downed power lines and trees on Friday, just after a deadly twister devastated one small town.(Roy Dabner/Quad City Times via AP)

High winds associated with severe weather overturned this semi-trailer on Interstate 280 west of Davenport, Iowa on Friday, May 24, 2024.

(Roy Dabner/Quad City Times via AP)

At least six homes were damaged Thursday night by a large tornado in Jackson County, Oklahoma, in the southwest corner of the state on the Texas border.

Five people were killed by storms in Iowa Tuesday.

Destroyed homes are seen after a deadly tornado rolled through the previous night, Sunday, May 26, 2024, in Valley View, Texas. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Destroyed homes are seen after a deadly tornado rolled through the previous night, Sunday, May 26, 2024, in Valley View, Texas. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Destroyed homes are seen after a deadly tornado rolled through the previous night, Sunday, May 26, 2024, in Valley View, Texas. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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