19 Confirmed Dead from Tornadoes in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas

At least 19 people were killed when tornadoes ripped through Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas over the Memorial Day weekend. CNNThe death toll in the three states reached 19 as of early Monday morning. Associated PressThe worst damage occurred from north of Dallas to northwest Arkansas, but forecasters warned that more storms were on the way, hitting areas from Alabama to near New York City by next Monday, and moving into the Midwest and East Coast.

At least seven people were killed, including two children, ages 2 and 5, when a tornado struck a rural area near a mobile home park in Cook County, Texas, on Saturday night. The deaths were confirmed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott at a press conference on Sunday. A family of three was found dead inside one home, according to the county sheriff. Abbott added that 100 people were injured and more than 200 homes and buildings were destroyed.

“The hopes and dreams of Texas families and small businesses have been literally shattered by storm after storm,” Abbott said, sitting outside a devastated truck stop near Valley View. Officials reported the area around the truck stop was the hardest hit, with wind speeds estimated at 135 mph.

The Governor issued a disaster declaration for Denton, Cook, Montague and Collin counties in Texas. National Weather Service teams are assessing damage in these counties, as well as Montague, Cook, Denton and Collins counties, and rating the tornadoes on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Christian PostThe governor also issued a disaster declaration for Denton, Cook, Montague and Collin counties in Texas, where National Weather Service teams were assessing the damage.

In Arkansas, at least Eight people were killed, including a 26-year-old woman whose body was found outside a destroyed home in the small Boone County town of Albay, said Daniel Boren of the Boone County Emergency Management Office. Two more bodies were found in Marion County and three people were killed in Benton County.

In Oklahoma, two people were killed in Mayes County, and a man was killed in Louisville, Kentucky, when a tree fell on him.

according to Power OutLate Sunday, more than 80,000 customers were without power in Arkansas, more than 90,000 in Missouri, 27,000 in Texas and 3,000 in Oklahoma.

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Milton Quintanilla A freelance writer and content creator, he is a contributing writer for CrosswalkHeadlines and the host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast focused on sound doctrine and biblical truth. He holds a Master of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.