One dead, dozens injured as tornadoes hit Texas and Oklahoma – Times of India


POWDERLY: Tornadoes ripped through parts of Texas and Oklahoma on Friday, killing at least one person, injuring two dozen others and leaving dozens of homes and buildings in ruins.
Tornadoes have struck hard in McCurtain County, Oklahoma, in the southeastern corner of the state. Cody McDaniel, the county emergency manager, confirmed one death, though he didn’t immediately provide details.
The town of Idabel saw a church, a medical center and a school torn apart.
“There was utter destruction on the south and east sides of Idabel,” Steven Carter, an emergency coordinator for McCurtain County, told the Texarkana Gazette.
Carter told the paper that people were still being held late Friday.
Governor Kevin Stitt said search and rescue teams and generators were sent to the Idabel area.
“Pray for Oklahoma’s affected by today’s tornadoes,” Stitt tweeted.
Keli Cain of the Oklahoma Emergency Management Office said at least three other counties were also hit by storms, with flash flooding in some areas.
The National Weather Service said tornadoes were also reported in Texas and Arkansas and a storm system was headed toward Louisiana.
In Texas, authorities in Lamar County said at least 50 homes had been damaged or destroyed and 10 people were treated at one hospital, including two with critical injuries. No deaths were immediately reported.
Judge Brandon Bell, the county’s top elected official, declared a disaster in the area, a step in getting federal aid and funding. According to Bell’s statement, at least two dozen people were injured across the province.
One hard-hit community was Powderly, about 45 miles west of Idabel and about 193 miles northeast of Dallas. Both Powderly and Idabel are near the Texas-Oklahoma border.
The Lamar County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management said the tornado made landfall shortly after 4 p.m. and moved north-northeast through the communities of Hopewell, Caviness, Beaver Creek and Powderly.
Randi Johnsonhead of the Powderly Volunteer Fire Department, told The Paris News newspaper that she did not know anyone had been killed, but they did know of injuries.
“It will take a long time to clear this up, but the community has come together,” Johnson said. “It’s really heartbreaking to see.”
Churches opened their doors to serve as shelters for those whose homes were affected.

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