Saturday, June 1, 2013

EXTREME WEATHER: Mother Nature Strikes Back - Multiple Monster Tornadoes Sweep Through Moore, Oklahoma Killing At Least 5, Including A Mother And Baby; Flipping Trucks And Cars; Storm Chasers Take Direct Hit; Widespread Damage!

June 01, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Less than two weeks after a tornado killed dozens of people in Moore, Okla., more twisters and violent weather swept through the area, leaving at least five people dead, flipping trucks on interstate highways during rush hour and miring cars in deep floods.

The National Weather Service initially estimated that five tornadoes touched down in the Oklahoma City area, though the number was likely to change as survey teams visited the area Saturday.


A tornado touches down near El Reno, Okla., May 31, 2013, causing damage to structures and injuring travelers on Interstate 40. I-40 has been closed after severe weather rolled through the area. (AP Photo/The Omaha World-Herald, Chris Machian)

A tornado touches down near El Reno, Okla., Friday, May 31, 2013, causing damage to structures and injuring travelers on Interstate 40. I-40 has been closed after severe weather rolled through the area. (AP Photo/Omaha World-Herald, Chris Machian)

The weather was blamed for at least five deaths, according to the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office. Among them were a mother and her baby possibly sucked out of their cars near Interstate 40, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Betsy Randolph told ABC News.

"We know that the storm picked them up and swept them away," Randolph said. "When the troopers found them, they were both deceased.

"We know that a mother and a child were killed tonight on I-40 in Canadian County," Randolph said. "I cannot stress to you just how important it is that if people don't have to be out, that they stay inside and seek shelter. ... There's just no safe place to be except underground when a tornado is present."

Randolph said the area roads were extremely congested, particularly I-40 and I-35.

"Several spots are impassable whether it's high water or power lines that are down," she said. "We've had multiple crashes, some of which are probably going to be there for a while as we're unable to get wreckers to clear the roadway."


The photo shows the SUV Mike Bettes and a few of his crew member were travelling in when it was thrown by the tornado. Sean Schofertvn/Twitter

A wall cloud in Perkins, Okla. iWitness weather user dkamphaus says he believes this is the cell that formed west of Guthrie, Okla. and eventually dropped a tornado in Broken Arrow, Okla.

She added that troopers were being told to push vehicles off I-40 to clear the roadway.

Local hospitals reported receiving at least 68 patients, two critical, with two fatalities among them. One of the patients in critical condition was a baby.

Integris Health Southwest, which had three hospitals in the area, reported most of the patients. Oklahoma University Medical Center, the only level 1 trauma center in the state, reported two patients in the emergency department whose conditions were unclear.

The National Weather Service earlier had issued a tornado emergency for the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, including Moore, which is south of the Oklahoma City, amid the massive storm.


An overturned semitrailer rests on its side on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40, just east of El Reno, Okla., after a reported tornado touched down, May 31, 2013. (AP Photo/The Omaha World-Herald, Chris Machian)

This image provided by KFOR-TV shows storm clouds moving over Guthrie, Okla., on May 30, 2013. (AP Photo/KFOR-TV)

Gov. Mary Fallin told ABC News that there were power outages, flooding and flipped trucks on interstates amid apparent tornados.

"We're real concerned about the people that are on the highways," Fallin said, noting the worst of the storm hit during the evening rush hour.

"It hit during a time when people were getting off work," Fallin said. "They knew the storms where coming in, so people were going home."

"We're seeing, right now, a lot of flooding," said Oklahoma Emergency Management spokeswoman Kelli Cain. "That is a big issue. We're seeing a lot of power issues. There's still a lot of hail. There's still safety issues out there. We haven't had a chance to get very much information about damage. There are still safety issues. It's still difficult to assess what damage is out there. We may not have information about that until [Saturday]. We still have storms moving through the state."

Parts of Oklahoma City experience extreme flooding after multiple tornado's passed through Central Okla., on May 31, 2013, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Nick Oxford)

An iWitness weather user captured this storm cloud looming over Fayetteville, Ark. the evening of May 30, 2013.

ABC News' Ginger Zee reported seeing "multiple tornadoes with multiple vortices."

ABC News affiliate KOCO in Oklahoma City reported that an apparent tornado had touched down near El Reno, Okla., and moved east toward Oklahoma City.

"It's really bad and lightning and all the roads are flooded," said Addie Pendarvis, who works at a Sonic drive-in diner in El Reno. "It was hailing really bad earlier, too."

"We have reports of cars overturned," said ABC News' Mike Boettcher, who was monitoring police reports from his home in Oklahoma City. "People are now going out trying to find out how severe the damage is. The problem is it's widespread."

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The latest storms hit less than two weeks after a massive E-5 tornado jolted Moore, Okla., on May 20, killing 24 people, smashing hospitals and schools, and flattening neighborhoods.

Moore City Manager Steve Eddy, driving around Moore after the latest storm, told ABC News this evening he saw minor flooding and power outages, but he did not immediately see evidence of tornado activity.

Oklahoma City Police Emergency Management said it was in the early stages of assessing damage. Emergency responders were helping motorists stranded by widespread flooding, but the agency said there was no confirmed touchdown of a tornado in the city.

Police in Norman, Okla., said there had been no tornados in that city. - ABC News.