At least one killed after tornadoes hit Texas and Oklahoma

Twisters rip through parts of the US states, also injuring dozens and destroying homes and buildings. 

At least one person has been killed and dozens injured after tornadoes ripped through parts of Texas and Oklahoma, leaving homes and buildings demolished.

Tornadoes tore hard in the southeastern corner of Oklahoma, McCurtain County, on Friday. The county’s emergency manager, Cody McDaniel, confirmed one death.

A church, medical centre and school were also destroyed in the small town of Idabel.

“There was total destruction on the south and east sides of Idabel,” Steven Carter, an emergency management coordinator for McCurtain County, told the Texarkana Gazette. Carter added some people were still trapped.

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt said search-and-rescue teams and generators were being sent to the Idabel area, adding flash floods occurred in some areas.

“Praying for Oklahomans impacted by today’s tornadoes,” Stitt tweeted.

The National Weather Service said tornadoes also were reported in Texas and Arkansas and a storm system was heading towards Louisiana.

In Texas, authorities in Lamar County said at least 50 homes were damaged or destroyed and 10 people were treated at one hospital, including two with critical injuries. No deaths were immediately reported.

Randi Johnson, chief of the Powderly Volunteer Fire Department, told The Paris News newspaper she wasn’t aware anyone had been killed but knew of injuries.

“It’s going to take a long time to get this cleaned up, but the community came together,” Johnson said. “It’s really heartbreaking to see.”

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