Four people are dead and many others unaccounted for, as storms pushed through an already-vulnerable central Oklahoma earlier this evening.
Parts of the state — including Oklahoma City — received an additional two, three, and even four inches of rain per hour, as multiple thunderstorms and tornadoes struck for the second time in two weeks.
Oklahoma City was in the direct path of the storm, leading to the National Weather Service issuing a “tornado emergency” for the entire Oklahoma City area and surrounding suburbs.
On May 20, 2013, an EF5 tornado ravaged Moore, Oklahoma, where residents are still working to recoup from severe damage. Tonight, Moore received a second hit as one of the twisters made its way directly towards the town of 55,000.
Governor Mary Fallin told “The Weather Channel” that rescuers and volunteers will “be working through the night” to locate those injured or unaccounted for as a result of tonight’s storms. This, after media is reporting hundreds stranded on Interstates 40, 35, and 44, after the twisters crossed major highways, dropped baseball-sized hail, and flung debris across roadways.
“We’re a resilient state,” Governor Fallin replied, when asked how she was feeling for her residents — and the residents of Moore — who have been affected by multiple tornado outbreaks in the state over the last two weeks.
Governor Fallin confirmed four people have died from tonight’s tornado outbreak, as searchers continue to look for those stranded and injured.
In Norman, Oklahoma, CNN.com reported 80 mph – 90 mph winds were expected, as the small town south of Oklahoma City was in the direct path of one tornado. One Norman resident we spoke with via e-mail just before 9:00 p.m. this evening told The Examiner the storms were just beginning to push through her area, and she was “hoping for the best”.
CNN.com is currently reporting 170,000 people without electricity in Oklahoma; 50,000 alone in the state’s capital.
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