Severe Storms Claim 22 Lives Across Southern U.S. During Memorial Day Weekend

Cooke County, Texas – Deadly storms ravaged multiple states over the holiday weekend, claiming the lives of at least 22 individuals. The severe weather system, which left a trail of destruction in Arkansas, Texas, Kentucky, and Oklahoma, has now reached the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. Despite the havoc caused in these areas, the weather is expected to improve with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s by midday Tuesday.

However, the southern part of the United States is not as fortunate, as midsummer-like temperatures persist in states like Texas and Florida. The National Weather Service has issued warnings of a dangerous early-season heatwave, with temperatures reaching record highs and heat index readings surpassing 115 degrees in some areas. Parts of Texas and the mid-South are still grappling with the aftermath of the devastating weekend, with multiple fatalities and widespread property damage reported.

In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott confirmed that at least seven people lost their lives in the state due to tornadoes and severe weather. The fatalities included two children, ages 2 and 5. The tornadoes tore through southern Cooke County and parts of Denton County, leaving behind a path of destruction that affected numerous homes and structures. Search and rescue efforts are ongoing, with disaster relief organizations mobilizing volunteers to assist those in need.

Arkansas also suffered significant casualties, with at least eight people reported dead after a tornado struck the northwestern part of the state. The Governor of Arkansas, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, issued an emergency order to allocate funds for disaster relief efforts. Furthermore, the state of Oklahoma reported two fatalities in Pryor, along with widespread power outages and damage from the severe storms.

Kentucky was not spared from the devastation, as five individuals lost their lives following the onslaught of severe weather. Governor Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency in the state, emphasizing the extent of the damage caused by the storms. The National Weather Service confirmed the occurrence of tornadoes in various parts of the state, leading to infrastructure damage and hazardous conditions.

In Colorado, a tragic incident was reported where a rancher and 34 of his cattle were struck by lightning during severe thunderstorms over the weekend. The incident serves as a reminder of the unpredictable and deadly nature of extreme weather events. As the storm system continues to move eastward, additional precautions and safety measures are being advised for regions expected to be impacted by severe weather conditions.