Firefighters said today, Thursday, that an “unprecedented” tornado swept through the village of Matador in the US state of Texas, killing four and injuring at least 10.
“Matador suffered an unprecedented hurricane with devastating winds,” the firefighters said in a statement, noting “four confirmed deaths and 10 injured in total” in this town of 600 residents in North Texas.
Resources sent by Texas “arrived at Matador to begin post-disaster operations, including damage assessments,” the statement said.
Pictures from local KLBK News show demolished homes, including a truck lying on its side.
The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center reported at least four tornadoes Wednesday in Texas; Heavy rains and winds also fell in some towns in the state.
A tornado had already struck the town of Berryton in North Texas a week earlier, killing three people and injuring nearly 100.
Texas is also currently experiencing a major heat wave, with high temperatures reaching nearly 48°C in some places.
According to the specialist website poweroutage.us, more than 228,000 homes and businesses lost power on Thursday at 12:30 GMT.