The forecast comes after weekend flooding clogged parts of the Midwest and tornadoes churned through Texas, ripping apart structures and leaving at least 11 people dead, according to the Associated Press. Severe weather was blamed for more than 40 deaths “in the last week,” the news agency reported.
Here’s a look at some of the destruction in Texas, via the AP:
In North Texas, local officials estimated as many as 1,450 homes were damaged or destroyed by at least nine tornadoes.“This is a huge impact on our community and we’re all suffering,” Garland Police Lt. Pedro Barineau said of the suburb about 20 miles northeast of Dallas, where eight people died, 15 were injured and about 600 structures, mostly single-family homes, were damaged.In nearby Rowlett, City Manager Brian Funderburk said Sunday that 23 people were injured, but that there were no deaths and no reports of missing people. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said Sunday night that as many as 600 homes were damaged in Rowlett.
Among the victims this weekend was Petra Ruiz, whose SUV was swept from an overpass, her husband, Ruben Porras, told the Dallas Morning News. Ruiz screamed during a phone call with Porras, which disconnected, he told the newspaper. Porras hurried to the scene, but it was too late.
“She wasn’t responding,” Porras told the Morning News. “She had no pulse. She was gone.”