Severe weather kills 11 people in American states (video)

Severe storms caused at least 11 deaths and left widespread devastation on Sunday across the states of Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, after they wiped out homes and destroyed a truck stop where drivers took shelter during the latest wave of deadly weather to hit the central United States.

Seven people died in Texas near the Oklahoma border, where a tornado struck Saturday night in a rural area near a mobile home park, officials said.

The storms also caused damage in Oklahoma, where goers at an outdoor wedding were injured.

Tens of thousands of residents also suffered from power outages in the area.

“It’s just a trace of debris left,” Cook County Sheriff Ray Sappington told The Associated Press. “The devastation is very severe.”

Officials explained that ambulances and helicopters transported many people to hospitals in Denton County, Texas, but they did not immediately know the full extent of the injuries.

Sappington reported that among the dead in Texas were three members of a family found in a home near the small community of Valley View.

At least two people were reported dead in Arkansas, including a 26-year-old woman who was found dead outside a destroyed home in Olvi, a small community in Boone County, according to Danielle Bolin, of the county’s Office of Emergency Management.

Another person died in Benton County, Arkansas. Melody Kwok, the county’s communications director, said several other people were injured and emergency workers were still responding to calls.

She added: “We are still in the search and rescue phase at the moment… This is a very active situation.”

Officials also confirmed two deaths in Mayes County, Oklahoma. Details about the deaths were not immediately available, said Mike Dunham, the county’s deputy director of emergency management.

The devastation continued in a bleak month of severe, deadly weather in the center of the country. (Sky News)


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