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At Least Six Dead After Tornadoes Hit Texas And Midwest

Tornado watches were issued for about 50 counties in Texas, and on Monday Governor Greg Abbott declared 7 counties as disaster areas. The Governor of Arkansas also declared disaster areas for 10 counties.

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Tornadoes and storms struck Texas, South Dakota, Arkansas, and Iowa over the weekend, killing at least six people, injuring several others, and leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.

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Jason Olsen of Denton, Texas, clears a downed tree from his driveway, May 10.

The Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, declared a state of disaster on Monday for seven counties, including Bosque, Clay, Denton, Eastland, Gaines, Montague and Van Zandt.

"I authorize the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to cope with this disaster," a statement from Abbott said.

On Monday, the Governor of Arkansas Asa Hutchinson declared disaster areas for 10 counties: Franklin, Garland, Howard, Izard, Johnson, Montgomery, Newton, Pike, Pope and Searcy.

Two people were killed in Nashville, Arkansas and homes were damaged throughout the above counties.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to those in the Nashville area who were affected by the recent weather, especially the family of those who died from Sunday's tornado," Hutchinson said in a statement.

A tornado touched down in Cisco, Texas, Saturday evening, damaging half a dozen homes in the area and killing one person, officials told BuzzFeed News.

Cisco Fire Chief Walter Fairbanks also told BuzzFeed News there was one person killed in the storm.

Three others were injured when the twister touched down, including one critically, said Phillip Truitt of the Texas A&M Forest Service.

Heavy rain and hail continued to fall Saturday night hours after the tornado hit, but officials were inspecting the area assessing the damage, he told BuzzFeed News.

Several trees and power lines were also downed in the area, he said.

Despite the damage, there were no immediate reports of unaccounted people in the area, Truitt said.

"It's a fluid situation," he said.

Authorities went house to house Saturday evening assessing the damage, Eastland County Judge Rex Fields told the Associated Press.

"There is a considerable amount of damage," Fields told the AP. "Homes have been lost."

HD Chopper 8 is sending back images of the destruction in Cisco. Serious situation there.

In some cases, Fields said, the tornado scattered the remains of homes across nearby pastures.

"The homes that I've seen, there are just maybe one or two walls standing," he said.

This dog inspects what use to be his home

A second Texas tornado touched down in Burkburnett, about 120 miles north of Cisco, the AP reported.

Nearly 50 counties in Texas were placed under a tornado watch, according to the National Weather Service.

The damage came after the National Weather Service issued severe weather warnings throughout the central and southern Plains.

On Sunday, a tornado also swept through Delmont in South Dakota.

On social media, people shared images of widespread damage to several buildings.

My aunt just posted these pictures on facebook. The Zion Lutheran church is just gone #Delmont @Argus911 @shawncable

On the left is what remains of the fire station in Delmont. On the right is Zion Lutheran Church.

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard said nine people had been injured in the town.

Gov Daugaard says water tank leaked out, no water or electricity #DelmontTornado @ksfynews

Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Kristi Turman told CNN about 20 buildings were damaged, but there were no serious injuries.

However with power and water out in the town, as well as many unsecured propane tanks, Delmonts residents were being asked to leave the small town.

Another tornado made landfall in Iowa on Sunday night. There were reports of damage, including one that the roof of Lake City High School was ripped off.

Tornado heading towards lake city iowa! Multi vortex! ,@NWSDesMoines @weatherchannel

The tornado was near Lake City, where about 1,700 people live.

Large hail was also reported in the area.

Golfball sized hail reported now in Lake City #iawx

Severe storms, hail, and tornadoes also affected areas in Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas on Saturday.

First chase in 3 years! Southeast of Eads, CO #tornado

Caught another #tornado near Chivington, CO. Total for day is 3

@KATV_Weather Hot Springs, Ar. On West Mountain

North Texas has been particularly hit by bad weather this week. According to the Associated Press, tornadoes touched down in Wise, Denton, and Cooke counties Thursday.

Funnels were also reported in southeast Colorado Saturday, though there were no immediate reports of damage.

Big Cone Tornado NE of Eads, Colorado #cowx 5:01PM

Two people were also killed when an EF-3 tornado packing winds near 140 mph struck the Texas town of Van around 8:45 p.m., officials said Monday.

Our first glimpse of the damage in Van, TX. @NBCDFWWeather @NBCDFW

Forty-three people were injured in the tornado, while eight others remain unaccounted for, Van Zandt County Fire Marshall Chuck Allen told reporters.

Police officer actively involved w/ door-to-door search says probably at least a dozen" Van homes totally destroyed

Allen said about 30% of the town had suffered damage, including homes that had been completely destroyed.

Just some of the tornado damage in #Van #Texas @CNN

Allen said utility companies were working to restore "vital infrastructure," while the American Red Cross is reportedly setting up a shelter at Van's First Baptist Church, according to the AP.

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Also on Sunday night, two people died after a tornado hit a trailer park in Nashville, Arkansas, Howard County Coroner John Gray confirmed to BuzzFeed News.

As the sun rises in Nashville, more people are coming to look at the damage. @KATVNews @KATVMelinda

Gray said their deaths were caused by blunt face trauma.

The couple's infant daughter was also in the mobile home at the time the storm hit, but survived with non-life-threatening injuries, he said.

Their identities have not been released.

Another weather-related death was reported in Corsicana, Texas. Police in the city said a man in his twenties got stuck in his vehicle in high water during flooding. He left his vehicle and was swept away, NBCDFW reported.

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