An outbreak of tornadoes from a severe weather system in the southeast struck Oklahoma and Texas on Wednesday, killing at least four people, injuring dozens of others and leaving thousands without power, authorities said, per the New York Times.

Details: Officials in Polk County, Texas, told reporters two people to died and up to 30 were injured when a tornado struck, damaging mobile homes and houses. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement the state had deployed response teams and medical resources to assist communities as his office reported "widespread damage" in the region.

  • A tornado in Madill, Oklahoma, killed two people and critically injured one person, per the NYT. a severe storm also struck in Louisiana, where Louisiana State University Alexandria reported damage to a livestock building "and a camper flipped over."
  • NOAA's Storm Prediction Center issued a tornado watch for portions of the Southwest to central Louisiana overnight.

Go deeper: Deadliest tornado outbreak in 6 years kills more than 30 in the South

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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"Not enough": Protesters react to no murder charges in Breonna Taylor case

A grand jury on Wednesday indicted Brett Hankison, one of the Louisville police officers who entered Breonna Taylor's home in March, on three counts of wanton endangerment for firing shots blindly into neighboring apartments.

Details: Angering protesters, the grand jury did not indict any of the three officers involved in the botched drug raid on homicide or manslaughter charges related to the death of Taylor.

Two officers shot in Louisville amid Breonna Taylor protests

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Louisville Metro Police Department said two officers were shot downtown in the Kentucky city late Wednesday, just hours after a grand jury announced an indictment in the Breonna Taylor case.

Details: A police spokesperson told a press briefing a suspect was in custody and that the injuries of both officers were not life-threatening. One officer was "alert and stable" and the other was undergoing surgery, he said.

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