US news: Dead after tornadoes sweep through Texas and Oklahoma

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At least one person has died and dozens of homes were left in ruins as tornadoes ripped through parts of Texas and Oklahoma.

The powerful twister left several injured and reduced to rubble a church, a medical center and a school in one city alone.

Search and rescue teams were dispatched to remote villages to search for survivors and assess the extent of the damage.

More than 100 people were killed by tornadoes in North America last year.

The violent extreme weather events occur when a rapidly rotating column of air forms, stretching from the ground to the base of a cloud.

At worst, they can generate wind speeds of up to 300 miles per hour.

The only death recorded so far after today’s incident occurred in McCurtain County, Oklahoma, in the southeast corner of the state

A woman walks on a farm while a tornado cloud is seen in the background, in Greenview, Texas, United States, November 4, 2022, in this screenshot from a social media video. TWITTER @RCF_2008/via REUTERS THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALE. NO ARCHIVES.

Tornadoes have been reported in several states, destroying dozens of homes (Image: Twitter/@RCF_2008)

Scenes of devastation can be seen in all directions along Lamar County Road 35940 west of State Highway 271 after a massive tornado struck the area on Friday, November 4, 2022 in Powderly, Texas, causing extensive damage and an unknown number of had destroyed houses. (Jeff Forward/The Paris News via AP)

At least one person has died but there are fears the death toll could rise as more buildings are searched (Image: The Paris News)

Scenes of devastation can be seen in all directions along Lamar County Road 35940 west of State Highway 271 after a massive tornado struck the area on Friday, November 4, 2022 in Powderly, Texas, causing extensive damage and an unknown number of had destroyed houses. (Jeff Forward/The Paris News via AP)

Officials and emergency services are still assessing the extent of the damage across a vast area (Image: The Paris News)

Speaking to local media about the damage in one town, an official said: “There was total destruction on the south and east sides of Idabel.”

The same official said people were still trapped late Friday.

Keli Cain of the Oklahoma Emergency Management Office said at least three other counties have also been 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 for Louisiana.

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

Judge Brandon Bell, the county’s highest elected official, declared a disaster in the area, a move to secure government support and funding.

Bell’s statement said at least two dozen people were injured across the county.

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