At least 2 killed, 7 injured as severe storms and tornadoes hit Gulf Coast, U.S.

At least 2 people have been killed and 7 others injured after severe thunderstorms produced strong winds and at least 5 tornadoes across the Gulf Coast, U.S. on April 9, 2021.

A 28-year-old man was killed and 7 others injured after an EF-3 tornado with estimated peak winds of 225 km/h (140 mph) touched down in Palmetto, Louisiana, destroying at least 6 homes and 2 trailers on Friday, April 9.

In Shreveport, Louisiana, a 48-year-old man was killed after a tree fell onto his mobile home. The Caddo Sheriff's Office said there were strong winds in the area when the incident occurred.

Severe weather warnings of flooding, hail, and thunderstorms have also been issued in parts of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi, affecting nearly 6 million residents. 

5 tornadoes were confirmed on April 9 - 2 in Louisiana, 2 in Mississippi, and 1 in Arkansas.

As of Saturday afternoon, April 10, more than 50 000 customers were without power across Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

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