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USA – 7 tornadoes in 5 states damage homes, property & trees (+VIDEO)

A rash of severe weather tore through the central United States, destroying houses and ripping large trees out of the ground.

The storm spawned tornadoes in five states Tuesday: Texas (2), Indiana, Oklahoma, Kansas (2) and Missouri, the National Weather Service said.

It also flattened houses in Howe, Texas, and Carney, Oklahoma, CNN affiliates KTVT-TV and KOCO-TV reported.
A 62-year-old woman died when a tree fell on her mobile home in Tomball, Texas, Harris County sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Thomas Gilliland said.

The threat of imminent tornadoes is likely over, CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri said. But fierce straight-line winds — which could reach up to 80 mph (128km/h) — will likely continue as the storm heads east.
Next under the gun: states along the lower Mississippi River, from Missouri to Louisiana. Those areas can expect severe storms through Wednesday night.

“Strong to isolated severe winds will be the primary hazard south, with a mix of severe hail and damaging wind north,” the weather service’s Storm Prediction Center said.

Spate of twisters

One of the most damaging tornadoes touched down in Grayson County in north Texas.
The storm shredded roofs, flipped over semi-trucks and sent at least five people to the hospital, KTVT said.

Farther north, a tornado touched down in Checotah, Oklahoma, McIntosh County Emergency Manager Harry Trottier said. The storm caused a major gas leak, but there were no injuries.

Intense hail and lightning

More than 195 reports of hail-related damage emerged from the storm, the Storm Prediction Center said.

And about 11,000 lightning strikes touched down between Kansas City and Dallas in just 30 minutes Tuesday night, CNN’s Javaheri said.

The storm also snarled airline traffic across the Midwest. Passenger Leah Wilmington was stuck on a plane in Cincinnati as torrential rain prevented her departure.

“I think I’m going to miss my connection…,” she wrote. She said the rain was so intense it was difficult to see the planes at nearby gates.



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