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According to authorities, at least 15 people have died as severe storms and tornadoes swept through Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, and other states over the weekend. Roughly 400,000 residents are without power in these regions, with significant outages also reported in Texas, Tennessee, Kansas, and Indiana.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear noted on social media that power outages in his state exceeded 150,000 and that property damage had been extensive, although no serious injuries had been confirmed. In Texas, Cooke County Sheriff Ray Sappington reported that seven people had died, including two young children and three family members found together in their home. Other fatalities were recorded in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kentucky.


The storms caused widespread destruction, overturning trucks, demolishing homes, and toppling power lines. In Cooke County, a Shell station collapsed, trapping dozens temporarily, though they were later evacuated safely. Various injuries were reported across multiple states, with emergency services conducting search and rescue operations throughout the night.

The severe weather also led to a delay in the Indianapolis 500 due to lightning, with officials advising spectators to seek shelter. As the storms move eastward, millions across the Midwest and Ohio Valley are expected to be affected, with tornado watches and flood alerts in place.


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