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U.S.Storms Kill 18 in Texas, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arkansas

Powerful storms and possible tornadoes pummeled parts of Texas, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arkansas on Saturday night, killing at least 18 people, damaging homes and leaving hundreds of thousands without power.

The severe weather, including the threat of tornadoes, was moving east on Sunday. More than six million people were under a tornado watch through Sunday afternoon, including parts of Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. More than 18 million people were in a wider area with an “enhanced” risk of severe weather.

In northern Texas on Saturday, a tornado left at least seven dead — including two children ages 2 and 5 — and close to 100 people injured, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas said at a news briefing Sunday evening.

Three of those people were trapped in debris at a home, officials said. Another person died after his home was blown away.

The storm destroyed 200 structures or homes and damaged about 120 more, Mr. Abbott said.

In Oklahoma, two people were killed in the city of Pryor, northeast of Tulsa, as a result of overnight storms, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management said on Sunday.


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