10 killed by tornado in the U.S.

The National Weather Service warned of a serious climate threat, "high risk of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes tonight and early morning to the southwest and central Arkansas"

Strong tornadoes that hit the southern and southwestern United States left at least 10 dead, some officials of the emergency services in the states of Arkansas and Oklahoma late Sunday said. The Department of Emergency Management of Arkansas reported eight deaths by inclement weather, while an officer of the Emergency Management Agency of Oklahoma said that in that state at least two deaths were recorded. Local emergency crews were combing the rubble in some of the hardest hit places in search of survivors, while weather forecasts warning of new tornado formation.

"Now it's chaos," lamented James Firestone, mayor of the town of Velonia in Arkansas, told CNN. The center of the city "seems like it was completely leveled. There are a few buildings partially standing, mains gas, with large losses (...).We have had some casualties," he added.

Firestone said police and firefighters from nearby towns as well as members of the National Guard, headed to Velonia.

Source: AFP

traslation: Belén Zapata