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Sun. Jul 14th, 2024

At least two dead after severe weather hit Texas and Oklahoma

By Vaseline May26,2024

At least two people were killed after severe weather hit Texas and Oklahoma overnight, causing major damage and disruptions, authorities said.

Sheriff Ray Sappington confirmed the deaths Saturday evening in rural Cooke County, Texas, near the Oklahoma border.

“It took some time to get back in there because of all the damage from the power lines and the trees were down. It was a huge task to get back to where they were,” Sappington told Dallas television station WFAA.

Forecasters had issued tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings for parts of both states as some daytime heat records were broken in South Texas and residents received triple-digit temperature warnings over the long holiday weekend.

A tornado moved into northern Texas’ Denton County late Saturday and overturned several trucks, halting traffic on Interstate 35.

Dawn Cobb, Denton County community relations director, said the tornado was confirmed near Valley View and was moving east at 40 mph, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a tornado warning for the area to give.

The storm damaged homes, toppled RVs and downed power lines and trees throughout the area. Ms Cobb said the number of injuries in the province was not yet known.

The severe storms come after heat records were set in parts of the South on Saturday (Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle/AP)

The city of Denton Fire Department said emergency responders responded to a marina “for multiple casualties, some of whom were trapped.”

Excessive heat, especially in May, is the danger in South Texas, where the heat index is expected to approach 49 degrees Celsius in some places this weekend. The actual temperature will be lower, but the humidity will make it feel much warmer.

Sunday looks to be the hottest day with record highs for late May for Austin, Brownsville, Dallas and San Antonio, forecasters said.

Brownsville and Harlingen near the Texas-Mexico border already set new records for May 25 on Saturday – 37ºC and 38ºC respectively, according to the weather service.

There are wildfire warnings in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arizona and Colorado.

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