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Destructive tornadoes hit Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana, claiming lives of 7 people and injuring dozens

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7 people have been killed and dozens injured after a series of tornadoes ripped through Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana on April 22, 2020, destroying homes, businesses, and cars. More than 150 000 customers lost power.

Two people were killed and one was critically injured after a tornado touched down in Marshall County, Oklahoma around 18:00 EST. Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management said at least 12 homes were damaged and more than 7 000 people were left without power. A number of cars were damaged, with one ending up in a tree, and two factories — J & I Manufacturing and Oklahoma Steel & Wire.

Another tornado hit Garvin County, OK, damaging 4 houses, 4 or 5 barns, shops, and outbuildings, but no one was injured or killed.

Two people were reportedly killed and as many as 30 injured after a tornado moved through a subdivision of mobile homes and houses in Onalaska, Texas about 145 km (90 miles) north of Houston. 

According to the NWS, a 'life-threatening' and 'extremely dangerous' tornado touched down at approximately 20:00 EST and moved through Jasper and Newton counties. Texas Department of Transportation said the tornado forced the closure of Farm Road 356 and left approximately 9 000 people without power.

Onalaska Mayor, B. Milton Choate, said a significant number of homes had been damaged or destroyed.

Another damaging tornado hit Woodworth, Louisiana, destroying homes and damaging Louisiana State University Alexandria campus. One person was reportedly killed when her mobile home was thrown into nearby trees.

Threats for severe thunderstorms and flash flooding will follow the track of a strong storm moving across the Southern states late this week, NWS warned. 

These threats extend across the Lower Mississippi Valley through the Southeast through Thursday, April 23. 

A few strong tornadoes are possible across these areas, in addition to damaging winds, large hail and heavy rain.

Featured image credit: NOAA/GOES-East

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