Storm chasers and residents capture raw video footage of tornadoes in Oklahoma that left at least 5 dead and tens of thousands without power on Monday in Medford, Hammon, Norman, Oklahoma City and Tecumseh. Officials are warning people in portions of northern, western and southern Oklahoma that another round of severe weather is on the way for Tuesday afternoon and evening.
CNN.com reports, “Three people died in Cleveland County, just west of Tecumseh, said Albert Ashwood, director of Oklahoma Emergency Management. Two others were reported dead in Oklahoma County. At least 10 patients in hospitals around the state were in critical or serious condition after injuries suffered in the storm, the emergency management department said, and at least 47 others were treated for noncritical injuries. The storm destroyed at least 40 homes and damaged 108 more, the emergency management department said.”
Homes were blown to pieces, a truck stop demolished, trees ripped from the ground, blown out car windows, snapped utility poles and transmission lines were just some of the destruction this devastating storm left behind. Residents should be prepared to find shelter if the weather worsens.
The American Red Cross has set up shelters around the area for tornado victims.