At least 2 dead, numerous injuries; extensive damage reported
OKLAHOMA CITY — Powerful tornadoes tore through parts of Oklahoma on Tuesday, obliterating houses, splintering trees and tossing cars off highways. At least two people were killed and several people injured.
Television footage in the aftermath of the storms showed remnants of homes and buildings strewn across roads and fields. One car wound up wrapped around a tree. A helicopter from NBC station KFOR of Oklahoma City tracked one storm as it slammed the McClain County town of Goldsby, south of Norman, and plowed across farmland beyond.
As the copter’s camera zoomed in one obliterated house, a family emerged from a storm shelter. The foundation was the only thing recognizable, a flat pad wiped clean with a debris field spreading away from it. A large propane tank in the middle of the debris could be seen hissing gas. An overturned vehicle lay nearby. Near the town of Cashion, a storm spotter saw “extreme tornado damage” and “houses swept” away, the Weather Channel said. source – MSNBC
Tornadoes have ravaged the South and Midwest, destroying homes, claiming lives, tearing roofs from schools, damaging a maximum security prison and wiping one Indiana town entirely off the map. The nearby town of Marysville – home to 1,900 residents – is ‘completely gone’, according to Clark County Sheriff’s Department Major Chuck Adams, and multiple injuries have been reported.