Storms sweep southern US, Midwest as death toll rises to 11

1926: The deadliest November tornado outbreak in U.S. history strikes on Thanksgiving Day. Nearly 30 strong tornadoes were reported in the Midwest, including the strongest November tornado, an estimated F4, that devastated Heber Springs, Arkansas. The storms killed 51 in Arkansas alone and left 76 people dead and another 400 injured overall.

HOUSTON, Tex. — Authorities blame severe storms sweeping across southern portions of the U.S. and into the Midwest for the deaths of at least 11 people, including two first responders.

High winds, tornadoes and unrelenting rain have battered large swaths of the country.

Officials say a police officer and a firefighter in Lubbock, Texas, were killed Saturday after being hit by a vehicle at the scene of a traffic accident.

Hundreds of thousands of people were left without power from Texas to Ohio, sections of flooded highways were closed in Oklahoma and Arkansas and hundreds of flights were canceled at Chicago’s airports.