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About 18 killed including children following tornadoes and storms in central US

# At least 18 people including four children have been killed as tornadoes and storms tore across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kentucky in the US. The extreme weather has left almost 500-thousand people without electricity and houses and vehicles damaged. Texas Governor Greg Abbott says more than a third of all counties in his state were now subject to a disaster declaration. President Joe Biden says federal emergency management officials are conducting damage assessments, and they stand ready to provide support as needed.