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At least 18 people died as tornadoes and storms ripped through Texas, Arkansas…trends now

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At least 18 people died as tornadoes and storms ripped through Texas, Arkansas…trends now

At least 18 people, including two children ages two and five, were killed after tornadoes and severe storms tore through Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma over Memorial Day weekend.

Seven of the fatalities, including the children, occurred in Cooke County, Texas, when a deadly tornado ripped through a trailer park Saturday evening.

Governor Greg Abbott said the two children who died belonged to the same family.

“When they woke up yesterday, they had no way of knowing that the family would literally be crushed by this horrific storm,” Abbott said.

At a press conference on Sunday, Abbot said about 100 people were injured by the tornado and that the exact death toll is “difficult to say with certainty.”

A house is left strewn with debris after part of its roof was ripped off from the intense destroyer in Claremore, Oklahoma

A house is left strewn with debris after part of its roof was ripped off from the intense destroyer in Claremore, Oklahoma

A car's windshield was completely shattered and left with a gaping hole in Valley View, Texas, on Sunday morning

A car’s windshield was completely shattered and left with a gaping hole in Valley View, Texas, on Sunday morning

A gigantic tornado can be seen in Windhorst, Texas, in the middle of the dark sky on Saturday

A gigantic tornado can be seen in Windhorst, Texas, in the middle of the dark sky on Saturday

The mayor added that more than 200 houses and buildings were demolished and more than 100 others were damaged.

“I would be shocked if those numbers don’t go up,” he said.

Texas residents were seen searching their homes that were damaged by the weekend’s tornado.

A car’s windshield was completely shattered and left with a gaping hole in Valley View, Texas, on Sunday morning.

At least eight people were killed in Arkansas, including a 26-year-old woman who was found dead outside a demolished home in Olvey, a small community in Boone County.

Three people died in Benton County, Arkansas, CBS reported, with officials confirming several others were injured.

Two people were also killed in Mayes County, Oklahoma as a result of the severe weather overnight, although details were not immediately provided by the county’s deputy director of emergency management, Mike Dunham. Six others were injured.

People could be seen staring in awe at the damage at the First Baptist Church in Claremore, Oklahoma, on Sunday morning.

People could be seen staring in awe at the damage at the First Baptist Church in Claremore, Oklahoma, on Sunday morning

People could be seen staring in awe at the damage at the First Baptist Church in Claremore, Oklahoma, on Sunday morning

A woman is seen trying to save what's left of her home as she finds a Guadalupe Virgin statue in the rubble in Valley View, Texas

A woman is seen trying to save what’s left of her home as she finds a Guadalupe Virgin statue in the rubble in Valley View, Texas

Cars are piled on top of each other among lots of other debris after the tornado rolled through Texas

Cars are piled on top of each other among lots of other debris after the tornado rolled through Texas

Kevin Dorantes, 20, was on his way back to the Valley View neighborhood to look for his father and brother when he came across a family who had lost their entire home.

He saw a father and son trapped under a pile of rubble as others rushed to help them.

‘They were conscious, but seriously injured. The father’s legs were broken,” Dorantes told AP News.

As of Sunday evening, more than 80,000 customers in Arkansas were without power, while more than 90,000 in Missouri were without power.

According to poweroutage.us, Texas reported about 27,000 power outages, while Oklahoma reported 3,000.

Across the central US and the Midwest, the storm has knocked out power to more than 480,000 people and is warning more than 110 million Americans of the disastrous fronts.

Cooke County Sheriff Ray Sappington said most of the deaths in Texas occurred at a mobile home community called FRF Estates in Valley View, where crews continue to conduct search and rescue operations amid “extensive damage,” WFAA reported.

The tornado also destroyed the AP Travel Center in Valley View, where 60 to 80 people had driven to take shelter in the parking lot, bathrooms or the Shell gas station that has since been reduced to rubble by the storm.

Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick shared a statement late Sunday morning announcing that state emergency response units had been activated. He also expressed his condolences to the victims.

“Jan and I are praying for the first responders, families in all affected areas and victims who have tragically lost their lives,” Patrick wrote on X.

Outside of Cooke County, millions of Americans in central Mississippi and the Ohio and Tennessee River valleys are at risk of large hail storms, high-speed winds and tornadoes.

An aerial view of extensive storm damage is seen at a shopping center in Rogers, Arkansas, and distraught residents look around

An aerial view of extensive storm damage is seen at a shopping center in Rogers, Arkansas, and distraught residents look around