At least 20 dead after weekend storms and tornadoes: bad weather will continue during Memorial Day

At least 20 dead after weekend storms and tornadoes: bad weather will continue during Memorial Day
At least 20 dead after weekend storms and tornadoes: bad weather will continue during Memorial Day

After the tragic weekend in which at least 20 people died due to the passage of powerful tornadoes through Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, the National Weather Service predicts for this Memorial Day that the threat moves eastwith more storms from the Ozark Plateau to the Ohio Valley and Tennessee.

The deaths were reported in four states, including eight in Arkansas, seven in Texas, two in Oklahoma and three in Kentucky.

More than 120 million people were under extreme weather alerts this Monday and a large number were still without electricity.

More than 187,000 customers were without power in Kentucky, according to the tracking website poweroutage.us. About 84,000 customers were without power in Alabama; 74,000, West Virginia; 70,000, Missouri; and 63,000, Arkansas.

Tornadoes, some strong, and large hail, will continue to be the main concerns this Monday, before moving to a widespread threat of severe winds overnight, the NWS notes in a bulletin. “The associated heavy rainfall will create numerous areas of flash flooding,” the agency added.

This is expected to close a long weekend marked by the tornadoes and extreme storms that hit Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kentucky between Saturday night and Sunday, leaving at least 18 dead, dozens injured and hundreds of thousands of people without electricity.

On Saturday alone, the NWS confirmed up to 25 tornadoes. Early this Monday, more than 460,000 users were still without electricity in Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia, among other states affected by the storms, according to the monitoring website PowerOutage.us.

This comes as more than 25 million people are under heat advisories, mostly in south and east Texas, central Louisiana and Mississippi, and south Florida.

At least 20 dead in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kentucky

In Arkansas, authorities reported the deaths of eight people and in Texas at least seven people died, including four children. Two people died in Oklahoma and another fatality was reported in Kentucky, where 200,000 customers were still without power on Monday morning.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered a disaster declaration for more than a third of counties. “We are experiencing a heartbreaking loss of life, including the anguish of a family who lost their 2- and 5-year-old children,” the governor said.

Abbott also reported that dozens of homes were destroyed.

Nearly 500 homes and businesses destroyed: images of the damage left by a tornado in Temple, Texas

All the destruction of the weekend comes to give continuity to a gloomy month of lethal weather phenomena in the central area of ​​the country.

April was the second month with the most tornadoes ever recorded in the United States.

Harold Brooks, a senior scientist at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, said the string of tornadoes over the past two months was due to a persistent pattern of warm, moist air.

With information from EFE and AP.

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