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Deadly Storms Kill 23, Leave Thousands Without Power Across US

Deadly storms killed 23 people and caused thousands to be in the dark across the US.

At least 23 people have been reported dead, and over 200,000 people have lost access to power across several states in the US after an onslaught of deadly tornadoes and thunderstorms. The severe weather, which hit over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, injured hundreds and left a path of destruction across a swathe of the country.

Forecasters continued to warn of strong thunderstorms and flash flooding across northern and central parts of Texas. Meanwhile, southern areas of the state sweltered under extreme heat, as did the south of Florida. Although this heat gradually abated, near-record highs remained possible, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

In a Tuesday morning update, the NWS warned of “significant damaging wind and large hail” in Texas. The threat there, and in southern Oklahoma, extended to Wednesday. The NWS earlier said heavy rain was expected up and down the east coast—from New York to Maryland—accompanied by a slight risk of thunderstorms in those areas.

Kentucky was the state worst affected by power cuts, according to monitoring site Poweroutage.us, which reported that more than 80,000 homes were affected.

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