Mississippi cleaned up Monday after multiple storms killed at least one person and injured nearly two dozen as Texas remained in the grip of a powerful heat wave that sent temperatures topping 100 degrees across the state.
In Mississippi, after storms knocked out power to nearly 50,000 customers, Power had been restored to about half of those homes and businesses as of Monday night, according to outage tracker poweroutage.us.
The emergency management agency confirmed the death of one person in Jasper County, an area about 70 miles east of Jackson. The victim has yet to be publicly identified. At least one other person died Friday in Madison County, 30 miles north of Jackson.
The storm was the latest in a series of extreme weather incidents over the holidays. weekend that has left six dead, more than 100 injured and cut off the power supply to almost 500,000 customers.
As of Monday night, nearly 260,000 homes and businesses were still without power in a stretch of the South, including Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas, according to the online outage tracker. poweroutage.us.
Oklahoma appeared to be hardest hit, with nearly 162,000 customers still without power as of Monday night.
The National Weather Service said late Monday that severe thunderstorms were possible overnight in parts of Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Florida.
More than 2 million people across the region were under a storm watch, which meant hail and powerful winds were possible, the service said.
A additional 24 million people in much of Texas remained under an excessive heat warning as cities broke records and officials urged residents to stay safe.
The city of San Antonio registered 105 degrees Monday, a record for June 19, while the border city of Del Rio hit 109, also a record. according to the service.
The weather service urged people to stay hydrated, limit strenuous outdoor activities and take breaks in the shade as much as possible if they are working outdoors. He also recommended that residents check in on anyone who is elderly, sick or without air conditioning, and reminded drivers never to leave children or pets unattended in vehicles.
A number of cooling centers it will be open throughout Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott’s office said.
“The State of Texas continues to work around the clock to quickly provide the necessary resources to Northeast Texas communities impacted by these horrific storms,” he said. said in a statement Sunday. «State and local officials are on the ground to restore power and ensure the safety and well-being of our fellow Texans.»
Three people were killed in the state and more than 50 were injured Thursday after a tornado ripped through the town of Perryton, near the Oklahoma state line.
In Florida, a person was pronounced dead Thursday after being trapped under a tree at their home following a tornado.
Daniel Arquin contributed.