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Tornadoes strike Texas Oklahoma; More storms predicted

The National Weather Service said it found damage in Seminole from an EF2 tornado, which has winds speeds of up to 217 kph.

A storm system spawned several tornadoes that whipped through areas of Texas and Oklahoma in the United States, causing damage to a school, a marijuana farm, and other structures.

There were no reports of serious injuries following the Wednesday night tornadoes, but the system caused flooding in parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas, and more stormy weather took place on Thursday.

Significant damage was reported in the Oklahoma city of Seminole, about 97 kilometers southeast of Oklahoma City, where Gov. Kevin Stitt said damage assessments were underway after he toured the area.

The National Weather Service said it found damage in Seminole from an EF2 tornado, which has winds speeds of up to 217 kph.

More than 2,900 customers remained without power in Seminole late Thursday afternoon, according to Oklahoma Gas and Electric, more than 63 percent of the utility customers in the city.

The Academy of Seminole took a direct hit but no one was injured. Video footage from Oklahoma TV station KOCO 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 because of 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 one neighborhood.

First Published: 6th May, 2022 15:11 IST

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