Thomas Marcum / AP
Updated at 2:30 a.m.ET
At least four people were killed and up to 30 injured in tornadoes that swept across Oklahoma and Texas early Wednesday evening.
At approximately 5:30 p.m. local time (6:30 p.m. ET), a tornado struck near the city of Onalaska, in southeast Texas, about 75 miles north of Houston, and passed through Seven Oaks, opening a path of destruction that included felled trees and damaged houses. .
Polk County Emergency Management reports that search and rescue teams recovered three bodies and that 20 to 30 people were injured in the storm.
About half an hour before the Texas storm, another tornado struck the city of Madill in south-central Oklahoma.
One person was killed there, said Robert Chaney, director of emergency management for Marshall County, according to the Associated Press. He said the body was found about a quarter of a mile from a J&I Manufacturing trailer factory, also damaged by the storm. Local media, however, reported two deaths in Madill.
Oklahoma’s emergency management department said at least 12 homes were damaged and more than 2,300 customers in the city had no electricity.
The tornadoes were part of a series of west-to-east storms that hit Oklahoma and Texas on Wednesday afternoon and evening, according to Channel 9 News in Oklahoma City.