Tornadoes Roar Across Plains; 12 Injured as Twister Slams Oklahoma City

May 7, 2015 | By | Reply More

May 07, – At least 12 people were injured, two critically, when a tornado slammed two mobile home parks on the south side of Oklahoma City, officials said. “Crews are searching the areas now, going door-to-door looking for victims in need of assistance,” Oklahoma City Police Department Capt. Dee Patty said.

hromedia Tornadoes Roar Across Plains; 12 Injured as Twister Slams Oklahoma City intl. news3Tornadoes raked the southern Plains Wednesday, overturning cars on an Oklahoma City interstate and destroying dozens of homes.

No deaths were immediately reported from the twisters that hit Oklahoma and rural parts of Kansas and Nebraska.

The worst damage seemed to be in the Oklahoma City area. A twister destroyed homes at Bridge Creek, Amber and Blanchard, southwest of the city, and it appeared another tornado touched down later Wednesday evening when a second storm came through the area.

That storm flipped vehicles on Interstate 35 and left power lines strewn across the roadway, Scotten said.

Lara O’Leary, a spokeswoman for Emergency Medical Services Authority said late Wednesday that the company transported 12 patients from a trailer park in south Oklahoma City to local hospitals. She did not have further details about the extent of the patients’ injuries.

In Grady County, all animals were accounted for after a zoo about 25 miles southwest of Oklahoma City was hit by a tornado, Alisa Voegeli, a dispatcher at the sheriff’s office, said.

The storms dumped up to 6 inches in the southern part of Oklahoma City, prompting the city to issue a flash flood emergency for the first time in its history, said city spokeswoman Kristy Yager. Road crews were waiting for the storms to abate to set up barricades and evaluate trouble spots.

“They’ll dispatch as soon as the storms end and the weather clears,” Yager said.

O’Leary said the ambulance service responded to water rescues “all over” the Oklahoma City metro area. Two ambulance crews required also assistance after getting stuck in high water, she said.

The Storm Prediction Center had warned that bad weather would come to Tornado Alley, and more storms were possible later in the week, with flooding a major concern.

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports.

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