PERRYTON, Texas -- Tornado:

More than 50 million people across a large swath of the United States are under a severe weather threat Friday, one day after storms cut a deadly path through the country. One of the hardest hit areas was Perryton, Texas, where a powerful tornado caused widespread damage and destruction.

The tornado struck Perryton on Thursday evening, tearing through homes and businesses and overturning vehicles. Officials have reported significant property damage and multiple injuries, but there have been no confirmed fatalities at this time.

Emergency response teams are currently working to assess the full extent of the damage and provide support to those affected by the storm. Several hundred people have been displaced from their homes, and many are in need of immediate assistance.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has already been mobilized to provide aid to affected communities. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of emergency for multiple counties in the state, and is urging residents to take precautions and stay informed about the developing situation.

Residents in Perryton and surrounding areas are advised to stay indoors and avoid traveling unless absolutely necessary. They should also keep a close eye on weather reports and heed any warnings or instructions from local officials.

This tornado in Perryton is a stark reminder of the destructive power of severe weather, and the importance of being prepared for emergencies. It is crucial for everyone to have an emergency plan in place, including knowing where to take shelter during a tornado or other severe weather event.

As the severe weather threat continues across the U.S., it is important to stay vigilant and informed, and to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Stay safe, stay prepared, and stay informed.