HOUSTON: Severe storms swept through the US states of Oklahoma and Texas on Wednesday killing at least five and injuring dozens, CNN reported, citing emergency officials.
Three people died and at least 20 were injured in Onalaska, Texas, according to the report. Onalaska is located about 90 miles north of Houston.
Two other people were left dead in southern Oklahoma, the report added, citing local officials.
Houston’s National Weather Service said it will be sending crews on Thursday morning to survey the path of the “Onalaska tornado”.
Polk County, where Onalaska is located, issued a declaration of disaster on Wednesday night after the tornado hit.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said that the state had deployed response teams and medical resources to provide assistance.
“The state will continue to do everything it can to support those affected by this severe weather,” Abbott said in a statement.
Several homes were damaged in the storms and thousands were left without power. More than 7,000 people across Oklahoma and about 9,000 people in Onalaska faced power outages.
Images in local media showed the devastation caused by the storms, including damage to homes, the downing of power lines and twisted billboards.
The development comes as most Americans are under “stay-at-home” orders due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier this month, at least six people were killed as a strong storm system swept across the southern states of Mississippi and Louisiana, spinning off more than a dozen tornadoes and leaving behind a path of destruction.