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At least one dead after tornado reported in South Texas near US-Mexico border


BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Authorities say one person has died following a tornado reported early Saturday morning in southern Texas near the US-Mexico border.

Port Isabel Police Chief Robert Lopez reported one person was killed when the storm hit the unincorporated community of Laguna Heights around 4 a.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service meteorologist said. Angelica Soria in Brownsville.

Police referred questions to the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office, who declined to comment.

Cameron County emergency management officials did not return a phone call for comment.

Soria said a weather service investigator was assessing the damage to confirm whether the damage and death was caused by a tornado.

The storm follows an outbreak of dozens of tornadoes in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado that caused damage but no reported fatalities.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.