Heat wave has US South sweltering, from tornado-ravaged West Texas town to Florida beaches

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, holds up a small cowboy boot he recovered from debris in a trailer park that was damaged by a tornado earlier in Perryton, Texas, Saturday, June, 17, 2023. (AP Photo/David Erickson)

Communities from Houston to New Orleans opened cooling centers to bring relief as steamy hot temperatures settled across a broad swath of the U.S. South on Saturday, and beachgoers fled a waterspout that swept ashore on a Florida beach.