At least 20 dead in Memorial Day weekend storms that devastated several US states

Kathmandu: A series of powerful storms in the central and southern U.S. over the Memorial Day holiday weekend killed at least 20 people and left a wide trail of destroyed homes, businesses and power outages.

The destructive storms caused deaths in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kentucky and were just north of an oppressive, early season heat wave setting records from south Texas to Florida.

Forecasters said the severe weather could shift to the East Coast later Monday and warned millions of people outdoors for the holiday to watch the skies. The latest governor to announce the deaths of their residents was Kentucky’s Andy Beshear. He declared a state of emergency Monday and said on social media platform X that three people died and that parts of the state had been ravaged by “multiple reports of wind damage and tornadoes.”

The death toll of 20 also included seven deaths in Cooke County, Texas, from a Saturday tornado that tore through a mobile home park, officials said, and eight deaths across Arkansas.

Two people died in Mayes County, Oklahoma, which is east of Tulsa, authorities said. The injured included guests at an outdoor wedding. The latest community left with shattered homes and no power was the tiny Kentucky community of Charleston, which took a direct hit Sunday night. It’s next to Dawson Spring, which was devastated by a tornado in late 2021. Beshear’s father, former two-term Gov. Steve Beshear, grew up in Dawson Springs.

More than 600,000 customers across the eastern U.S. were without power Monday morning, including more than 170,000 in Kentucky. Twelve states reported at least 10,000 outages, according to

The area on highest alert for severe weather Monday is a broad swath of the eastern U.S., from Alabama to New York.

News Source: AP