Tornadoes tear through South, leaving at least 1 dead

Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Multiple people were missing Saturday after at least 14 tornadoes touched down in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, killing one person, officials said.

The National Weather Service Prediction Center said nine twisters formed in Texas, four more in Arkansas and another in Oklahoma.


Near the Red River, which marks the boundary between Texas and Oklahoma, residents reported multiple trees being uprooted and snapped across county roads north and west of Clarksville. Storm spotters confirmed the damage was done by a tornado.

In McCurtain County, Okla., where the lone death was reported, storm spotters confirmed widespread structural damage. Multiple homes were either damaged or destroyed in Idabel. Officials reported numerous injuries there along with downed trees and power lines.

McCurtain County Emergency Manager Cody McDaniel confirmed to KOKI-TV and CNN that his office had been notified that at least one person had died from the storm but no further details had emerged as of Saturday.

In the rural community of Powderly, Texas, just north of Paris, a tornado left a miles-long trail of destruction Friday. Powderly Volunteer Fire Department Chief Randi Johnson said officials reported numerous injuries across the county.


The Hopkins County Sheriff's Office in Texas said in a statement that it had received reports that four homes sustained damage from a possible tornado and that no injuries were reported.

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