A deadly tornado has swept through a northern Texas town, killing three persons and injuring dozens more.

Perryton, which is near the Oklahoma border, appears to be at the centre of an intense storm system that has carved its way through the South.

Surrounding areas are sending emergencies crews to assist the town, home to about 8,000 people.

At least 30 mobile homes took a “direct hit” from the tornado and were damaged or destroyed, said a local fire chief.

A further 75 people were taken to hospital, added Perryton Fire Chief Paul Dutcher.

A spokesperson for Ochiltree General Hospital told ABC News they are operating on generators amid widespread power outages.

The National Weather Service (NWS) reported the tornado touched down around 17:00 local time (23:00 BST) on Thursday.

Republican US Representative, Ronny Jackson said on Twitter that he is “praying for the people of Perryton tonight” and, in addition to being in touch with Perryton’s mayor, is monitoring the situation with his staff.

Multiple tornadoes may have hit the town, according to local media.

The severe weather threat will continue for southern states over the weekend. States across the Plains and mid-south could see more hail and damaging winds, but tornadoes are a possibility.

BBC/Adebukola Aluko

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