• Damage occurred at an RV park in East Texas.
  • Thunderstorms rolled through the area Thursday afternoon.
  • It was the latest in a series of tornadoes and severe weather in the region.

A house was flipped on its side and several campers were damaged at an RV park in East Texas Thursday afternoon as severe weather continued across the plains for a second day, bringing tornadoes, hail and floods.

The RV park damage occurred around 2:30 p.m. CT at the Whispering Pines RV park in Rusk County, about 130 miles southeast of Dallas.

Initial reports said at least two people were injured, but Rusk County Sheriff Johnwayne Valdez said those at the RV park were safe.

“Here, everyone is taken into account“, Valdez told KLTV in a video call from the scene. “All the children have been found. There are no injuries. »

In the background, Rusk pointed to what he said was a duplex that had tipped over on its side, along with several damaged campers.

Earlier it was reported that at least three people were injured in Lockett, Texas after a tornado touched down there on Wednesday evening, causing extensive damage.

The injuries included broken bones, according to a local reporter who shared photos showing transmission power lines completely bent on their sides, trees uprooted and houses damaged.

Survivors described the scene.

“A lot of the roofs are gone, all the windows, all the cars. The telephone poles are down,” Lockett resident Steve Azbell told Live Storms Media. “Bad. It’s a bad one.

The city is on the Oklahoma border about 50 miles northwest of Wichita Falls.

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Further north in Oklahoma, cellphone alerts were sent to residents of the town of Seminole around 6:30 p.m. local time Wednesday night.

Then came the tornado sirens.

When it was all over, buildings were destroyed, homes were unroofed, and debris strewn streets and neighborhoods.

“The devastation is unbelievable, what’s happened to the buildings,” Audrey Reed, who lives in the town of about 7,000, told weather.com in an interview Thursday morning. “Some buildings have completely disappeared, houses have disappeared.”

Reed hunkered down in a closet with her dogs as the storm passed. Her home escaped major damage in addition to plenty of downed trees to clean up, but others nearby weren’t so lucky.

“The neighbor behind me, her roof has completely collapsed and everything in her house is in my yard,” Reed said. “I have a solid little house, thank God.

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Half a mile away, in downtown Seminole, windows were blown out and brick walls crumbled.

“Telephone poles (are) down everywhere, across the road,” Reed said of downtown. “I saw about 100 electric trucks preparing to restore power since no one in town has power.”

The police came Wednesday night to check on everyone. No serious injuries or deaths were reported.

“We’re all safe, and that’s the main thing. We’re all safe,” Reed said.

Debris litters a road in Seminole, Oklahoma after a tornado hit the town on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. (Facebook/K.Galen Greenwalt)

Debris covers a road in Seminole, Oklahoma, after a tornado hit the town on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

(Facebook/K. Galen Greenwalt)

The system was also responsible for spawning several other damaging tornadoes and flooding, including parts of Oklahoma where roads were covered in water Thursday afternoon.

In Arkansas on Thursday morning, authorities evacuated residents near Fayetteville as homes and vehicles were flooded. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the city of 85,000 as floodwaters rose and heavy rains refused to subside.

Flooding also extended to parts of Kansas and Missouri. In Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, a flash flood emergency was issued early Thursday morning, and the NWS urged all residents to avoid traveling to the county if possible.

Power outages were reported across the region on Thursday evening, including around 35,000 in Texas, according to PowerOutage.us. More than 7,800 homes and businesses were without power in Oklahoma, nearly out of them in the Seminole area.

Severe weather is expected to continue over the weekend in parts of the Plains, Midwest and South.

Anyone in the potential path of the storms is expected to experience severe weather planincluding where to take shelter, and multiple ways to receive National Weather Service watches and warnings via wireless smartphone emergency alerts, The Weather Channel app and NOAA Weather Radio.

Damage is seen outside Dixie Finance after a tornado hit the town of Seminole, Okla., Wednesday, May 4, 2022. (Facebook/K. Galen Greenwalt)

Damage is seen outside Dixie Finance after a tornado hit the town of Seminole, Okla., Wednesday, May 4, 2022. (Facebook/K. Galen Greenwalt)

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