Tornado destroyed a gas station in Texas: five dead, including children, and more than 80 injured – La Opinion

Tornado destroyed a gas station in Texas: five dead, including children, and more than 80 injured – La Opinion


Authorities reported that At least five people, including children, died after a powerful tornado hit a busy gas station in Texas on Saturday night, causing the entire structure to collapse.

Around 80 people were injured and officials warned that Death toll likely to “increase” after the tornado in Valley View, about 60 miles north of Dallas.

Cooke County Sheriff Ray Sappington confirmed to the media that several died during the strong overnight storm that hit the AP Travel Center, which includes a Shell gas station and restaurants south of the city, and dozens of people who took shelter inside they were injured.

Dozens of terrified drivers had stopped at the gas station to get off the road during the dangerous weather, but were trapped directly in the path of the tornado.

“I can also tell you that the number is going to increase. I don’t want to speculate and give you a number,” Sappington told WFAA about the death toll.

Search and rescue efforts continue at the gas station and a nearby neighborhood.

Tornado destroyed a gas station in Texas: five dead, including children, and more than 80 injured
Storms will end along the East Coast on Monday, with a slight risk of severe weather in the mid-Atlantic.
Credit: Charlie Neibergall, File | AP

“It took some time to get back there because of all the damage to the power lines and downed trees. It was a monumental task just to get back to where they were,” Sappington added.

Sappington urged locals to stay away from storm damage. Additionally, he noted numerous reports of downed power lines and gas leaks that could cause serious injuries.

“We are going to rebuild. It’s Texas. We can rebuild the property, and as horrible as it may look, in two or three months, it won’t look like this [entonces]. It will be better. But the loss of life is simply tragic. It’s always tragic. “That’s what hurts the most,” said the sheriff.

Also Two children reported missing in Cooke County after stormSappington said.

In Denton, another community north of Dallas, the fire department posted a photo of a heavily damaged building in X, saying it was sending first responders to help “multiple victims,” including some who were trapped, after a tornado ripped through the city and flipped 18-wheelers on their sides.

People who suffered injuries were transported to area hospitals by ground and air ambulances, Denton County Community Relations Director Dawn Cobb said in a statement.

Tornado leaves one dead in Arkansas

Authorities in Benton County, Arkansas, said one person had died and “multiple” people had been injured in the area due to the storms.

Benton County Sheriff Sean Halloway said emergency response teams were on search and rescue efforts throughout the night.

By Saturday night, federal forecasters had issued tornado watches and warnings for parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas.

As the storm moved through the region, it overturned mobile homes, downed power lines and trees, and left some roads completely inaccessible.

In Tulsa, Oklahoma, the weather service said radar had confirmed multiple tornadoes and hail up to two inches in diameter. Radar also confirmed a tornado in the Decatur area shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday. A storm hit near Pilot Point, Texas, about 55 miles north of Dallas, on Saturday night.

Storms will continue to move east on Sunday, moving into the Midwest and Ohio Valley. They are expected to affect 42 million people in cities including Chicago, Indianapolis, Nashville, St. Louis and Cincinnati.

Damaging wind gusts are expected in the Midwest, but tornadoes and large hail are also possible.

Storms will end along the East Coast on Monday, with a slight risk of severe weather in the mid-Atlantic. In this region, including Baltimore; Washington DC; and Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina, 27 million are at risk of strong to severe thunderstorms.

The main danger to watch out for is high winds, but one or two storms could produce large hail or a tornado.

Tornado destroyed a gas station in Texas: five dead, including children, and more than 80 injured
Two children were reported missing in Cooke County after the storm.
Credit: Charlie Neibergall, File | AP

Heat wave in the southern US

The South will also face extreme heat over Memorial Day weekend.

Heat alerts were in effect for 7 million people across South Texas on Saturday, including Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Brownsville, as temperatures will rise as high as 100-115 degrees.

Nearly two dozen record highs will be threatened Saturday afternoon as temperatures reach 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit in Brownsville and Houston, Texas; Key West, Florida; and New Orleans.

Both Brownsville and Harlingen, Texas, set new daily high records on Saturday: Brownsville hit 99 degrees and Harlingen hit 100 degrees, according to the NWS, both 2 degrees warmer than their previous records.

More heat will cover the south on Sunday, with more than 20 threats of record temperatures in Corpus Christi; Miami and Orlando, Florida; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.

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