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Severe Storms, Tornadoes Strike the Mid-South; 2 Killed in Kentucky, Arkansas


Nearly 100 homes were damaged or destroyed in the area. Heavy damage was reported from a confirmed EF1 tornado in Keiser, Arkansas, according to the local sheriff's department. Authorities in Keiser reported no injuries after an initial check on damaged areas.


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twitterCreated with Sketch.emailCreated with Sketch.Next ArticleHail Storm Injures Dozens, Causes Damage in Saudi ArabiaNewsSevere Storms, Tornadoes Strike the Mid-South; 2 Killed in Kentucky, ArkansasBy Pam Wright and Sean Breslin2 days agoweather.com00:46Freak Hailstorm in Sacramento Looks Like SnowHail in Sacramento, CA caused havoc on the roads Monday.At a GlanceSevere storms and tornadoes killed at least two people Saturday in the mid-South.More than a dozen twisters were confirmed by the National Weather Service.Wind damage was reported as far west as Texas and Oklahoma from these storms. Communities from Texas to Kentucky continued to clean up Monday after numerous homes were damaged or destroyed by more than a dozen tornadoes that struck the mid-South on SaturdayTwo people lost their lives. The powerful storms raked the region for hours, spawning powerful tornadoes that ripped apart dwellings and sent trees flying like missilesResidents were trapped under their own belongings that were turned into projectiles or sent collapsing on top of them. (MORE: Flooding Kills at Least 6 in Midwest, South) Logan County, Kentucky, Sheriff Clint Wright confirmed during a WHOP-AM Facebook live broadcast that a woman died in a home on Dot Road near AdairvilleLogan County Sheriff’s Captain David Kitchens identified the victim as 79-year-old Dallas Jane Combs, WHOP-AM also reported. Wright said the woman's husband was injured, but the extent of his injuries is unknown. "The house was completely demolished," Logan County Sheriff Wallace Whittaker told the Bowling Green Daily News"We have grain bins down, houses destroyed, we've got at least 500 people without power." National Weather Service crews issued a preliminary rating of EF2 for the Adairville tornadoThe storm survey revealed the twister had a width of up to 400 yards and maximum winds of 135 mphAnother tornado, rated EF1, was later confirmed in Gerrard County. (MORE: Record Streak Without a Tornado Death Ends) The second death was reported in Clay County, Arkansas, after the EF1 twister blew a trailer into a nearby pond, KAIT-TV reportedIn a Facebook post, the Clay County Sheriff's Department identified the victim as Albert FosterHe was 83 years old. "(Saturday's) storms have resulted in severe damage to several areas of Clay County," the post added"Reports of power outages, power poles down, and flooded roads have been reported at this time." The two deaths mark the end of the longest period on record in the United States without a tornado-related fatalityThe last deaths attributed to a tornado occurred May 16, 2017, in Wisconsin and Texas – 283 days ago as of Saturday. In northwestern Tennessee, homes were damaged and residents were reportedly trapped by debris near the town of Union City Saturday nightTo the east, the NWS said significant structural damage and at least two injuries were reported east of Clarksville just after 9 p.mCST. NWS officials confirmed EF2 or higher tornado damage in Clarksville following a preliminary storm surveyNearly 100 homes were damaged or destroyed in the area. Heavy damage was reported from a confirmed EF1 tornado in Keiser, Arkansas, according to the local sheriff's departmentAuthorities in Keiser reported no injuries after an initial check on damaged areas. The NWS also reported structural damage and multiple non-life-threatening injuries late Saturday night in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, northwest of Adairville. Another powerful storm was reported Saturday night in the southeastern Missouri town of Malden, where local law enforcement said some 20 homes were damaged and injuries were reported. (MORE: What to Do When Tornado, Flash Flood Warnings Are Issued Simultaneously) Earlier Saturday, winds from thunderstorms tearing through the mid-South downed trees and destroyed structures in Texas and OklahomaTrees were downed in the southeastern Oklahoma town of Valliant Saturday afternoon. Authorities in Hopewell, Texas, say there have been multiple reports of wind damage, including a carport that was damaged and a barn that was destroyed. 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