Tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma in an outbreak of violent weather that killed five people, tossed cars off highways, flipped mobile homes and sent baseball—size hail crashing through windshields, officials said.
Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokesman Jerry Lojka said two people were killed in Oklahoma City and three were killed in Cleveland County, south of the city.
Oklahoma City officials said the fatalities there involved a young boy who was hit by debris in his home and a man whose recreational vehicle flipped over on top of him. Details on the Cleveland County deaths weren’t immediately available.
Officials reported that at least 58 others suffered injuries throughout Oklahoma in the daylong onslaught. Two of the injuries were critical. In some neighbourhoods in Oklahoma City, emergency workers were going door to door to make sure everyone was accounted for.
The storms were part of a violent weather system that also spawned twisters in Kansas and that forecasters had been predicting since last week.
“You could just hear stuff hitting the house,” Linda Sugg said, who rode out the storm in her home in Norman, the largest city in Cleveland County.