Multiple Tornado Deaths in Oklahoma City AreaMay 31st, 2013 at 9:56 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Hail this Fri. evening the size of grapefruits in El Reno, Oklahoma. Here’s a preliminary path of the El Reno Tornado. Video from inside the tornado. Preliminary path of Oklahoma City tornadoes. Second picture is one of at least several tornadoes that have hit the Oklahoma City Area. So far, there are five fatalities, inc. a mother and baby that were in a car that was blown off I-40. Two other fatalities were in vehicles. 14 people have been admitted to the hospital in Yukon OK with 3 in critical condition. At least 6 semis have been blown over on I-40. 67,000 are without power in the OKC area. Winds hit 70 mph at the Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City. Cells are training over the same area, producing very heavy rain. Tornadoes have been reported at Minco, Newcastle, Tuttle and perhaps near Moore (again). The town of El Reno has been hard hit. A Tornado Hunt vehicle was rolled with injuries. A Tornado Emergency has been declared for the Oklahoma City area. I-40 has been closed. Here’s tornado/storm pics. from the Oklahoma City area. Oklahoma City Police Lt. Jay Barnett:: “We are overwhelmed right now with calls of people trapped in vehicles in high water, to the point that we are having grave difficulty even responding to all of them. The flooding is the major problem in the Oklahoma City metro. Check out this picture of the flooding. Wind Gusts: 87 mph at Tinker AFB SE of Oklahoma City, 66 mph at the National Weather Service in Norman. OK. Windows blown out of KFOR vehicle from 100 mph winds.
Tornadoes have hit near St. Louis. Serious damage reported. Damage is on the northern side of the city, near Lambert Field. Possible injuries. There has been some damage at Busch Stadium, where the Cardinals game was canceled. Towns reporting tornadoes: Weldon Springs, Wood River, Earth City (injuries at the Holiday Inn at Earth City) and Maryland Heights where there was damage to the Hollywood Casino. Five tornado warnings now in Illinois. Semis blown off I-55 in central Illinois. Here’s storm pictures from the St. Louis area. (This is Bill Steffen writing from the TravelLodge in Seymour, Indiana – cheap with a coupon from the rest stop).