A storm system spawned multiple tornadoes that swept through parts of Texas and Oklahoma, causing damage to a school, a marijuana farm and other structures.
No serious injuries were reported from Wednesday night’s tornadoes, but the system brought flooding to parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas, and stormier weather set in Thursday.
Extensive damage was reported in the town of Seminole, Oklahoma, about 60 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, where Governor Kevin Stitt said damage assessments were underway after touring the area Thursday.
“(We get) all the resources and supplies the city wants and needs,” including generators, Stitt said. “Thank God no one was injured” and no fatalities were reported.
The National Weather Service said it found damage in Seminole from an EF2 tornado, which has winds of up to 135 mph (217 km/h).
More than 2,900 customers were left without power in Seminole late Thursday afternoon, according to Oklahoma Gas & Electric, more than 63% of the city’s utility customers.
Seminole Academy was directly hit but no one was injured, the school posted on Facebook.
Video footage from the Oklahoma KOCO television station showed a tornado hit a marijuana farm in the nearby town of Maud.
Several roads and highways were closed Thursday morning in parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas due to flash flooding.
In Bixby, Oklahoma, located south of Tulsa, officials opened a temporary shelter at a church after thunderstorms flooded some homes and streets in a neighborhood.
In east Texas, a tornado damaged several campers and buildings at a Rusk County RV park on Thursday, Sheriff Johnwayne Valdez told KTRE-TV. The Rusk County Emergency Management Office reported one person was injured after being struck by a tree.
On Wednesday, a “large and dangerous tornado” was spotted in the rural community of Lockett, about 170 miles (275 kilometers) northwest of Dallas, the National Weather Service office in Norman, Oklahoma said.
The Weather Service said it found damage near Lockett from an EF3 tornado, which has winds of up to 165 mph (265 km/h).
There were no significant injuries or deaths among residents of Wilbarger County, where Lockett is located, Sheriff Brian Fritze told KAUZ-TV. He said several homes and barns appeared to have sustained significant damage.
In Washington County in northwestern Arkansas, authorities performed more than 30 water rescues as heavy rains flooded homes and streets in the towns of Fayetteville and Johnson, KHBS/KHOG-TV reported. .
Wednesday and Thursday’s storms were the latest in several rounds of severe weather across the central United States. Last week, a tornado damaged more than 1,000 buildings in the Wichita suburb of Andover, Kansas. Three University of Oklahoma meteorology students have died in a car crash while returning from storm chasing.
The storms, which were moving east in other southern US states, could bring more tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds, and the threat of severe weather will continue into parts of the south on Friday. and over the weekend in the Central Plains and Midwest, the weather service says.