Friday night, deadly tornadoes raced over Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, leaving at least one person dead, a dozen injured, and at least 50 homes destroyed.
The death of a 90-year-old man in McCurtain County, which is located in Idabel, Oklahoma, was confirmed by Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, who visited the site of the storm’s destruction on Saturday.
The National Weather Service recorded reports of “extensive structural damage” in McCurtain County, which included fallen trees and electrical lines.
Stitt tweeted, “Praying for Oklahomans affected by today’s tornadoes.” We shall receive as much assistance as possible in McCurtain County.
Stitt stated that more than 100 businesses and residences were destroyed, and that his office would issue an executive order declaring a state of emergency for the counties affected by the tornado, including Bryan, Choctaw, and Le Flore.
Also suffering considerable devastation was Texas, particularly Lamar County.
The Lamar County Sheriff’s Office stated in a Facebook-posted press release that roughly 50 homes were “damaged or destroyed” and that ten people were being treated for injuries at Paris Regional Medical Center, with two in critical but stable condition. To date, no fatalities have been reported.
Four houses in Hopkins County also received damage, according to a statement from the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office.
Friday morning, Texas Governor Greg Abbott upped the Emergency Operations Center’s readiness level in anticipation of the storm.
Abbott stated in a statement, “State and local officials are working around the clock to assure rapid deployment of resources to affected communities as a result of these storms.”
The Arkansas Division of Emergency Management confirmed to PEOPLE that buildings, homes, and even chicken coops sustained extensive damage across the state. The government acknowledged that electricity poles were also downed, but that there were no casualties recorded.
According to the website Poweroutage.us, about 20,000 individuals in Texas, around 3,600 in Oklahoma, and 5,000 in Arkansas are still without power.
The National Weather Service received 10 tornado reports from Texas, two from Oklahoma and three reports from Arkansas, totalling to 17 total tornado reports on Friday.