At least one person was killed and several others missing after powerful tornadoes swept through the southern United States, namely Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas, according to local authorities and media reports.
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Bad weather has killed a 90-year-old man in McCurtin County, southern Oklahoma, according to Gov. Kevin Stitt, who has declared a state of emergency..in affected areas.
Several people are also missing, according to a local official quoted by US media.
Hurricanes also affected Arkansas and Texas, where 50 homes were damaged or destroyed, according to the Lamar County Sheriff.
Noting that ten people were hospitalized, including two in serious but stable condition, the mayor’s services indicated in a Facebook press release that “there are no deaths at this time.”
In Oklahoma, rescue teams and generators are on their way to Idabel, a city of about 7,000 that appears particularly affected, Governor Kevin State wrote on Twitter.
The United States is regularly affected by hurricanes, averaging about 1,300 per year, the majority in the spring.
By December 2021, dozens of these extreme weather events had devastated five states in the central United States, particularly western Kentucky, and killed at least 79 people.
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