Deadly Tornado Strikes Texas Amid Southern US Storm

On Thursday evening, a deadly tornado swept through Perryton, Texas, causing deaths and destruction. The tornado destroyed communication towers and a trailer home park.

Surrounding areas sent emergency crews to assist Perryton, home to about 8,000 people. Perryton Fire Chief Paul Dutcher reported 75 people in the hospital.

The National Weather Service confirmed that the tornado touched down around 17:00 local time on Thursday. Multiple tornadoes may have hit the town, according to local media.

Republican US Representative Ronny Jackson expressed concern for Perryton on Twitter, saying he is monitoring the situation with his staff.

The severe weather threat will continue for southern states over the weekend. States across the Plains and mid-south could see more hail and damaging winds, but tornadoes are a possibility.

Hailstorms and power outages have plagued the southern US since Saturday, with around 43,000 people without power in Texas and Oklahoma on Thursday.

Witnesses reported at least two tornadoes in Abbeville and Eufaula, Alabama, on Wednesday, although no injuries or deaths were reported.

To prepare for severe weather, it's crucial to have an emergency plan in place for you and your family. Create an emergency kit that includes food, water, and medical supplies.

Know the safest place in your home to take cover during a tornado, such as a basement or an interior room on the lowest level.

Stay informed about severe weather by regularly checking the local news, weather apps, or NOAA Weather Radio. Have a communication plan in place with family and friends in case of an emergency.

Severe weather conditions in the southern US are a reminder of the importance of being prepared for emergencies.

Stay informed and take necessary precautions to keep you and your loved ones safe.