At least 15 dead due to severe stormy weather in USA

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At least 15 people have died after tornadoes and severe storms wreaked havoc across the central US states.

Hundreds of thousands of households were also left without power, in Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma, among other places.

Ray Sappington, sheriff of Cooke County, said seven people died after a tornado moved through the Valley View area, north of Dallas. Search and rescue operations are underway.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared four counties a disaster area in order to make money and staff available to help people whose homes were damaged or destroyed.

In Oklahoma, at least two people died after a tornado hit Mayes County late Saturday, said Johnny Janzen, head of emergency management in the district.

At least five people have died in stormy weather in Arkansas. Power lines were also damaged and some areas experienced flash flooding.

One person died in Louisville, Kentucky, Mayor Craig Greenberg said.

In Indiana, the Indianapolis 500 race was delayed for four hours due to stormy weather on Sunday and visitors were urged to seek shelter. A crowd of 125,000 was expected for the race.

More than 490,000 households in several states, stretching from Texas to Kansas and east to Ohio and Kentucky, are without power due to the stormy weather, according to the website Poweroutage.us.

Tornado warnings are still in effect in several areas.