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Weekly wrap-up: Multi-day severe weather outbreak spawns damaging tornadoes in southern US

A multi-day severe weather outbreak targeted portions of the central and southern United States this week.

On Wednesday, two EF2 tornadoes struck northeastern Oklahoma. One of the tornadoes touched down near Tulsa, causing at least seven injuries and damaging multiple homes, according to the Tulsa World.

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Dangerous flash flooding was reported around parts of central Arkansas on Wednesday night. In the town of Jonesboro, a flash flood emergency was declared after over 3 inches of rain fell in the city. Local police warned people to avoid travel following reports of washed-out roads and stalled vehicles in floodwaters.

In Dermott, Arkansas, local emergency management stated that one person was injured after a reported tornado occurred near the town. Several homes were damaged as well as a nursing home.

The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center listed four tornado reports on Wednesday. In addition to Oklahoma and Arkansas, two weak tornadoes caused minor damage in Louisiana.

The severe thunderstorms shifted farther east on Thursday, with additional damaging tornadoes touching down. A tornado tore the roof off of a house and snapped trees near Columbus, Mississippi, while other tornadoes downed power lines and threw debris around in Morgan County, Alabama, and Grady County, Georgia.

A blinding dust storm triggered a large traffic pileup in Southern California on Monday evening.

At least 30 people were injured as a result of the incident, which occurred on Highway 247 in Lucerne Valley. One person was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for major injuries, according to the San Bernardino County Fire District.

The dust storm brought visibility in the area down to zero, the fire district said, and at least 15 vehicles were involved in the crash, ABC7 in Los Angeles reported.

A former Canadian federal cabinet minister was killed on Tuesday when his plane crashed in eastern Quebec, according to the CBC. Jean Lapierre, along with four of his family members, perished when the plane went down in fog and freezing rain near the Iles-de-la-Madeleine. Two crew members were also killed.

Quebec provincial police Sgt. Daniel Thibodeau told the Associated Press that the crash took place in a field on approach to the airport. Thibodeau also told the AP that conditions were "not ideal" for flying.

Storm Katie barreled through the United Kingdom from Sunday night into Monday, spewing rain, snow and gusty winds.

There were more than 80,000 people without power throughout England as a result of the storm and more than 100 flights were impacted at London-Gatwick and London-Heathrow airports on Monday. Wind gusts of 60 mph (97 km/h) were reported in Greater London.

Several AccuWeather meteorologists and staff writers contributed content to this article.


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