Multiple tornadoes ripped through parts of the US states, 1 dead

Multiple tornadoes ripped through parts of the US states of Texas and Oklahoma, killing at least one person, United States officials said.

Widespread damage were reported in areas near the major cities of Austin and Dallas.

An official said a 73-year-old woman died when the tornado hit the community of Sherwood Shores, Texas on Monday night. Ten other storm-related injuries have been reported in the county about 145km north of Dallas and near the state’s border with Oklahoma.

The storm system was poised to move into Louisiana and Mississippi on Tuesday, officials said, carrying the risk of dangerous tornadoes and powerful winds.

In Louisiana, high water early Tuesday posed a threat to motorists on several roads, including a stretch of Interstate 20 and several state highways after rains overnight, authorities said. Deputies in Caddo Parish, which includes Shreveport, rescued three drivers from high waters during the night, the sheriff’s office tweeted before dawn.

The rough weather comes a day after tornadoes ripped through north and central Texas on Monday, destroying homes and businesses, knocking out power and injuring at least several people.

It also comes after severe winter storms in February left hundreds of thousands of people in Texas without power and heat.

Multiple other structures were damaged in and around the town of 5,000, roughly 145km northwest of Dallas.

Multiple homes were damaged or left in ruins in Round Rock, Texas, a city of around 120,000 people about 32km from Austin, after a tornado touched down there, officials said.

Another reported tornado caused damage in the southern Oklahoma town of Kingston.

The storms were expected to intensify throughout the day on Tuesday as temperatures rise, increasing the threat of tornadoes, hail and strong winds.

Much of Louisiana and Mississippi were at a moderate risk of severe weather, the second-highest risk category issued by the Storm Prediction Center.

Louisiana’s federal and state authorities reminded thousands of hurricane survivors living in government-provided mobile homes and recreational vehicle trailers to have an evacuation plan because the structures might not withstand the expected weather. More than 8,000 households live in such temporary quarters, officials said.