At least six people died in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana after sever weather and storms hit those regions on Thursday.
Additionally, more than 100,000 customers from Texas to Mississippi were without power after the severe weather moved through, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks utility reports. Tornado warnings sent residents taking cover in southern Mississippi and Alabama. Trees and power lines were toppled in parts of west Alabama.
One factory worker was killed when a suspected twister hit just as the workforce was leaving for the day from J&I Manufacturing in southern Oklahoma, Marshall County Emergency Management Director Robert Chaney said. The worker’s body was found about a fourth of a mile from the factory, Chaney said.
A National Weather Service team will be dispatched to survey damage and to confirm whether the storms were tornadoes.