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Storms kill 15 in Midwest as severe weather moves east

Storm clouds pass over the Texas Star ferris wheel at Fair Park in Dallas, on March 21, 2022. Powerful storms ripped through parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas on Saturday. (Elias Valverde II/Dallas Morning News/TNS)  (Elias Valverde II)
By John Yoon, Isabella Kwai and Johnny Diaz New York Times

Powerful storms and possible tornadoes pummeled parts of Texas, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arkansas on Saturday night, killing at least 15 people, damaging homes and leaving hundreds of thousands without power.

The severe weather, including the threat of tornadoes, was moving east Sunday. More than 6 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, 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 Sunday.

In Arkansas, one person died in Benton County and multiple people were injured, according to local authorities, who said in a briefing Sunday that the area had likely been hit by tornadoes.

A woman died in a house in Boone County, Arkansas, according to city officials in Harrison, Arkansas. A 73-year-old woman was found dead yards from where her mobile home had stood in Baxter County, Arkansas, the sheriff’s office said on Facebook. Two people were killed in Marion County, according to the sheriff’s office there.

The storm also left one person dead in Louisville, Kentucky, Mayor Craig Greenberg of Louisville said on social media.

At Lake Ray Roberts Marina in Denton County, Texas, north of Dallas, a tornado damaged boats, boat houses and a fuel dock, and overturned several recreational vehicles Saturday.

In Rogers County, Oklahoma, trees and power lines were knocked down by a possible tornado, cutting off electricity and leaving some roads inaccessible, the authorities said on social media. Power was out in Claremore, a city about 30 miles northeast of Tulsa, and would remain so “for an extended period of time,” according to the city’s police department.

As of midday Sunday in Claremore, there were 23 storm-related injuries reported. Nineteen people were taken to hospitals, three of them with possible life-threatening injuries.

This article originally appeared in The New York Times.