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Tornado wreaks havoc in Texas as record heatwave looms

A tornado ripped through central Texas Wednesday night, causing massive damage and destroying homes, as forecasters warn of a potentially record-breaking heat wave in the state.

The town of Temple, northeast of Austin, declared a state of emergency and opened a shelter for displaced people after a tornado caused widespread damage.

Cars were overturned, power lines downed and entire buildings toppled in Temple, according to footage posted by Austin’s NBC affiliate KXAN. No deaths or injuries were reported there or in the broader Bell County area, which was also hit by severe thunderstorms.

Images posted on social media showed buildings in nearby Temple and Belton missing roofs, piles of rubble and broken windows.

Flood warnings were in effect Thursday morning for much of North Texas, including Dallas and Forth Worth, as well as parts of Oklahoma. Intense storm warnings also continue through Thursday.

More than 110,000 energy customers were without power as of 6 a.m. Thursday, along with nearly 20,000 in Louisiana, according to the energy connection tracking website PowerOutage.us.

The destructive weather comes as Texas faces a heat wave that could break 100-year-old records: The National Weather Service said the southern part of the state could see temperatures above 115 degrees during the weekend. Austin’s May record is 104, recorded in 1925.

“Record or near-record overnight temperatures will provide little or no relief to those without adequate or reliable cooling,” the agency said in its forecast Thursday morning.

Extreme heat warnings were in effect for hundreds of thousands of people in South Texas from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. local time (2 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET).

“Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and keep an eye on your loved ones and neighbors. Under no circumstances should young children and pets be left unattended in vehicles,” said the Austin weather services office. and San Antonio warned.

In a chaotic week during an extraordinary tornado season, at least four people were confirmed dead following severe weather in Iowa, as a tornado devastated the town of Greenfield.

News Source : www.nbcnews.com
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