Tornadoes Strike Texas and Oklahoma—Killing at Least 5, Injuring Over 30

Tornadoes Strike Texas and Oklahoma—Killing at Least 5, Injuring Over 30
This image made from video provided by Thomas Marcum shows a tornado seen from State Highway 48 in Durant, Okla., on April 22, 2020. (Thomas Marcum via AP)

Update: At least five were killed by tornadoes, according to CNN.

Tornadoes rip through Texas and Oklahoma, killing at least three people and injuring over 30 on Wednesday, April 23.

In Oklahoma, two people were killed by a tornado while another one remains in critical condition, according to Marshall County Emergency Management Director Robert Chaney, Fox News reported.

A tornado in Texas killed one and injured over 30 people according to officials.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott responded to the tornado disaster in a post on Twitter.

“We are praying for–and helping–those in East Texas who were ravaged by tornadoes that left at least 2 dead & 10 injured,” Abbott said. “Many state agencies are on location to assist the recovery process.”

The Oklahoma storm hit Madill, near the Red River, about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, causing widespread damage to the town, including its residential neighborhoods, said Donny Raley, the city’s emergency manager.

The person’s body was found about a quarter-mile from J&I Manufacturing, a trailer factory about six miles (10 kilometers) southwest of Madill, Marshall County Emergency Management Director Robert Chaney said. Chaney said he had no other information on the person, but said the suspected twister hit the plant just as its workforce was leaving for the day and caused severe damage.

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People embrace after an apparent tornado touched down in Onalaska, Texas on April 22, 2020. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)


The storm also hit the Oklahoma Steel and Wire plant, a fence wire manufacturer on the south side of Madill, the county seat of Marshall County and home to about 4,000 residents.

The apparent tornado in Southeast Texas touched down about 6 p.m. Wednesday near Onalaska, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) north of Houston. The storm rumbled east through Seven Oaks. The storm caused severe damage to homes and other structures, said Carrie Miller, a spokeswoman for Polk County Judge Sydney Murphy.

A National Weather Service team will be dispatched to survey the damage and to confirm whether the storms were tornadoes.

A damaged home
A damaged home is seen after an apparent tornado touched down in Onalaska, Tex., on April 22, 2020, (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Epoch Times reporter Alan Cheung contributed to this report.

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