Deadly tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma Monday, leaving five people dead and seriously injuring dozens.
The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management is reporting that two people were killed in Oklahoma City and three were killed in Cleveland County, according to Utah’s KSL News.
Officials have said the fatalities include a young boy who was hit by debris in his home and a man who was crushed by a recreational vehicle. Details surrounding the other deaths aren’t yet available. Rescuers are searching the hardest hit areas for survivors who may be injured or trapped.
The National Weather Service is warning people to prepare for another round of storms Tuesday afternoon and evening.
Linda Sugg, a resident of Norman, 20 miles south of Oklahoma City, rode out the storm in her home. “You could just hear the stuff hitting my house,” she said.
Another Norman resident Jamie Keyes said she and her children are “all very fortunate,” claiming they took shelter in a closet and prayed. “I heard a hiss. It was like something was whistling very loud,” she said.
Several people have reported damage from baseball-size hail. “I came home once to look at my own personal vehicle and the windshield was all bashed out. The grandchildren’s swing set was up and now it’s gone, so there was straight-line winds that came through,” Sheriff Charlie Tucker said.
Officials are not allowing people to return to their damaged homes. “Until daylight returns, most of those neighborhoods are going to be locked down. No one’s going to be allowed to enter into there, including the owners of the homes. That’s for their own safety,” said Oklahoma Police Chief William Citty. He said officials will re-evaluate the situation on Tuesday.
Throughout the state, there are more than 65,000 homes and businesses without power, according to Oklahoma Gas and Electric. Officials don’t know when power will be restored due to major damage to power lines. The tornadoes have destroyed at least 40 homes and have damaged 108 more, according to initial reports.
Watch the video below: “chasing down a tornado.”
Sources: KSL and CNN
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