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US storms kill at least 21 across four states

By Reuters
May 28, 2024
This handout photo taken on May 26, 2024, courtesy of Jacob Chambers shows an aerial view of widespread damage from a tornado in Valley View, Texas, United States. — AFP
This handout photo taken on May 26, 2024, courtesy of Jacob Chambers shows an aerial view of widespread damage from a tornado in Valley View, Texas, United States. — AFP

WASHINGTON: Tornado-spawning thunderstorms that swept the Southern Plains and the Ozark Mountains have killed at least 21 people across four US states as of Monday afternoon and wrecked hundreds of buildings, as forecasters warned of more severe weather.

The death toll over the three-day Memorial Day holiday weekend included at least eight fatalities in Arkansas, seven in Texas, four in Kentucky and two in Oklahoma, according to tallies by state emergency authorities. A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for parts of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania until Monday evening, the National Weather Service said.