A new tornadoes series has swept the entire US state, Oklahoma, killing minimum nine people, that includes 2 children.
These tornadoes struck close to Oklahoma City’s suburb, Moore, where as much as 24 lost their lives by the violent tornado that struck 2 weeks back.
The latest of these storms struck during the rush hour of Friday evening, trapping a lot of people in the cars and leading to traffic chaos.
Over 60,000 homes lost electricity power and severe flooding was caused by heavy rain.Many streets got inundated with about 4ft water.
Also, the storms swept throughout Missouri, where Jay Nixon, the governor, declared an emergency situation.
According to National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Centre, this severe weather tend to be shifting on Saturday toward east, moving to Mississippi River Valleys and Ohio.
On the Saturday morning, according to the spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Office of Chief Medical Examiner, 9 fatalities were confirmed, that included 7 adults and 2 children.
Among them were also found a baby and a mother in vehicle which got hit by tornado while it passed over one major highway, the Interstate 40, close to Oklahoma City. Many lorries were overturned, too.
In Union City, as well as El Reno that is to Oklahoma City’s west, 2 more deaths occurred.
Minimum 75 people got injured, with 5 being in a critical condition, according to hospital officials.
Included in the ones who went to roads in order to flee this storm was Brandi Vanalphen, aged 30.
She said that what scared her was getting stuck in the traffic, with the sirens around. She told that started to see power flashes in north and that people started to drive over grass.
The mayor of Oklahoma City, Mick Cornett, said that majority of the people went to roads and almost all acted differently this time in storm that caused an extremely hazardous situation. He said that he thinks that they still are a bit shaken by all that took place in Moore. He was grieved about burying the victims and children, saying that their emotions still were strong.
According to meteorologists, these tornadoes were not as severe as the one which struck Moore about 2 weeks back.
That tornado, which was ranked as EF5, destroyed about 1200 homes. Around 33,000 people got affected and damage is estimated to be $2bn.
Oklahoma is located in the part of US Midwest called Tornado Alley. Around 1,200 tornadoes each year strike the area, though many are small, relatively.