The death toll from the storm and tornadoes that hit various parts of the United States this weekend has risen to 32. The National Weather Service NWS warns of more severe weather in Texas on Sunday evening (local time).
More than 50 tornado warnings have been issued in seven states in the south and midwest in recent days. Hundreds of thousands of people were without power due to the storm. Tennessee was particularly hard hit: fifteen people died in the state.
President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency in Arkansas on Sunday, allowing that state to tap federal relief funds. He also spoke to the governors of other affected states about relief efforts and pledged federal support for rebuilding badly damaged areas.
“There is nothing we can do to fill the hole in the hearts of far too many families who have lost loved ones this weekend, but we will be there for them as they rebuild and recover,” the president said in a statement.