At least one dead and several injured by the passage of violent tornadoes in Texas and Oklahoma

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In the small town of Idabel, the church, a health care center and a school were razed to the ground. Steven Carter, emergency coordinator for McCurtain County, said the destruction in the south and east of the town was total

Tornadoes in Texas and Oklahoma

Several tornadoes tore through parts ofTexas and Oklahoma this Friday, causing at least one death and two dozen injuries, as well as leaving homes and buildings in ruins.

Tornadoes hit McCurtain County, Oklahoma hard, in the far southeastern part of the state. Cody McDaniel, director of emergencies for the area, confirmed a death although he did not immediately offer more details.

In the small town of Idabel< /b>, the church, a medical center and a school were destroyed.

At least one dead and several injured by the passage of violent tornadoes in Texas and Oklahoma

Homes destroyed in Texas (Jeff Forward/The Paris News via AP)

At least one dead and several injured by violent tornadoes in Texas and Oklahoma

The situation is bleak in Powderly, Texas (Jeff Forward/The Paris News via AP)

In the south and east of the town, the destruction was “total,” McCurtain County emergency coordinator Steven Carter said in remarks to the Texarkana Gazette. People were still trapped Friday night, he added.

State authorities sent rescue teams and generators to the Idabel area, said Gov. Kevin Stitt< /b>.

Tornadoes in Texas and Oklahoma

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“Praying for all Oklahomans affected by today's tornadoes,” Stitt tweeted.

At least three other counties were affected by the storms, which caused flash flooding in some areas, said Keli Cain of the county's office. state emergency management.

At least one dead and several injured by the passage of violent tornadoes in Texas and Oklahoma

The roof of a home was destroyed in Powderly, Texas (Jeff Forward/The Paris News via AP)

At least one dead and several injured by the passage of violent tornadoes in Texas and Oklahoma

Image of two vehicles damaged by tornadoes in Texas (Jeff Forward/The Paris News via AP)

The National Weather Service said tornadoes were also reported in Texas and Arkansas, and indicated the storm system was heading toward Louisiana.

In Texas, Lamar County authorities reported that at least 50 homes were damaged or vandalized and 10 people were treated in hospitals , including two with critical prognosis. No deaths have been reported at this time.

Judge Brandon Bell, the county's highest-ranking elected official, issued a disaster declaration for the site, a step toward federal aid and funding. The statement mentions that at least two dozen people were injured in the region.

Tornadoes in Texas and Oklahoma

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A highly affected community was Powderly, about 72 kilometers west of Idabel and 193 km northeast of Dallas. Both Powderly and Idabel are close to the Texas-Oklahoma border.

According to the Lamar County Sheriff's Office and the emergency department, the tornado touched down shortly after 4:00 p.m. and moved north-northeast through the communities of Hopewell, Caviness, Beaver Creek and Powderly.

Randi Johnson, head of the Department of the Powderly Volunteer Fire Department, told The Paris News that he was not aware of deaths, but he was aware of injuries.

“It is going to take a long time to clean this up, but the community came together,” Johnson said. “It really hurts to see.”

Churches opened their doors to shelter people who suffered damage to their homes.

(With information from AP)

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