In the southern state of Texas in the United States, where officials and inhabitants were already struggling to cope with a heat wave, a violent tornado claimed the lives of at least four people and wounded 10 more.
“The town of Matador has experienced an unprecedented tornado bringing damaging winds,” the fire service in the neighboring city of Lubbock stated in a statement that was put to Twitter on Thursday. “The town of Matador has experienced an unprecedented tornado.”
According to what was written, “There are four confirmed fatalities and ten total injuries.”
According to the statement, the city had created a cooling facility for local people as a response to the high temperatures.
The principal city in Motley County, located in north Texas, is Matador, which has a population of around 600 people.
Confirming the death toll, the United States National Weather Service noted “significant damage” on the western side of Matador, where a number of structures were severely damaged or completely destroyed.
On Wednesday, there were at least four tornadoes recorded in the state of Texas. In addition, rain and gusty gusts struck a number of the state’s cities.
A storm like this one struck Perryton, which is also located in North Texas, about a week ago, and it resulted in the deaths of three individuals and injuries to around one hundred more.
Temperatures as high as 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) have been recorded in Texas and other parts of the southern United States in recent days, when strong storms have also been accompanied by a severe heat wave.
Shelters that are equipped with air conditioning have been made available in a number of locations, including Lubbock and Houston.
This has also put a strain on the electrical grid in the state of Texas, which functions separately from the rest of the country and has witnessed significant demand owing to the heat, particularly in the afternoon hours.
According to Poweroutage.us, which monitors power outages around the country, there were more than 220,000 people who did not have access to electricity on Thursday.