Tornadoes were reported in Texas on Friday afternoon, with damage confirmed west of Paris and near Sulphur Springs in the northeast of the state. The system is gradually moving east and a tornado watch will also be in effect in parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas according to CNN.
There will be another in effect until 8pm local time for other parts of Texas as well as Oklahoma and Arkansas.
A tornado emergency has also been issued southwestern McCurtain County and Northeastern Red River County in Oklahoma the first such declaration since April, according to accuweather.
It comes as fire and rescue officials have been investigating reports that multiple people have been trapped inside their homes under rubble caused by a tornado north of Paris, Texas.
Writing on Twitter Amber Nowaski, a metrologist with Texas based KTEN News, confirmed the reports.
She said: “Per Paris FD, multiple people are reported trapped in their homes after a tornado passed through Powderly, Texas.”
@weather_studios added: “Sad scenes coming out from Powderly Texas.
“This recent #tornado in #Texas brought considerable damage to homes and property.
“Reports of people trapped in homes.”
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Videos and photos posted online showed roofs ripped off homes, fences torn apart, small buildings leveled and utility poles knocked over with downed power lines.
Writing on Twitter, a user said: “Pray for people in Lamar County (TX).
“Tornado hit small town of Powderly earlier.
“People are trapped, some feared to be dead. God bless ‘em.”