Tornado outbreak hits Oklahoma hard

Tornado outbreak happens just after deadly Texas twister

May 20, 2013

A May 18-20 outbreak is ongoing affecting parts of the Midwestern and Southern United States. This outbreak is occurred just day after a deadly outbreak struck Texas on May 15.

At least one tornado touched down near Oklahoma City on Monday, only one day after a tornado killed two in Shawnee.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado emergency, a rare occurrence. The tornado was on the ground for nearly 40 minutes, with the first tornado warning coming 16 minutes before it touched down.

Oklahoma City's southeastern suburbs were hit by a storm Sunday and two people died. Monday's storm is in an area that is more densely populated.

A massive tornado struck an area near Oklahoma City Monday afternoon, leaving a wake of tangled wreckage, as a dangerous storm system continued to threaten up to 10 states.

At least two schools were in the path of the tornado, television reports said, and video showed homes destroyed, cars tossed and at least one building on fire.

"It seems that our worst fears have happened today," said Bill Bunting, National Weather Service meteorologist in Norman, Okla.

The latest tornado in Oklahoma came as the state was still recovering from a strong storm on Sunday with fist-sized hail, blinding rain and tornadoes.

Several hundred homes and buildings were thought to have been damaged or destroyed and approximately 7,000 customers were left without power in Oklahoma. "There is definitely quite a bit of damage," said Keli Cain, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management.

Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department also said an elementary school in Moore suffered “extensive damage”.

Commentators from KFOR compared the damage to that of the May 3, 1999 tornado outbreak that killed 36 people. There has been no official death toll announced in today’s event.

Gov. Mary Fallin declared an emergency for 16 Oklahoma counties because of the severe storms and flooding. The declaration lets local governments aquire goods quickly to respond

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