Tornadoes Damage Midwest Towns, Residents Struggling To Recover
More than 100 tornadoes ragged through the Midwest last night, leaving nearly five dead in Oklahoma.
The tornadoes destroyed houses and disturbed the power supply system because of which thousands of people remained without power. According to CBS, at least five people were killed and dozens more were injured in the storms.
Roscoe Hill, the mayor of Woodward, Oklahoma said:
“The loss of five lives really hurts us here. It just kind of hopscotched across our city…. It flattened a couple areas… We’re getting things cleaned up already. Our people here have really worked hard.”
The powerful storms were first landed near dawn on Saturday and continued to rage through the night. Tornadoes were reported in Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska.
The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, warned about a “high-end, life threatening event” two days before the storms. According to CBS, it is only the second time in US history that the center has issued the high-risk warning more than 24 hours before the storm hit.
Michelann Ooten, an Oklahoma emergency management personal said that rescue workers are currently searching through wreckage for more survivors. Ooten said:
“They’re still going door to door and in some cases, there are piles of rubble and they have to examine through the rubble.”
The NY Daily News reports that there have been many reports of wreckage across Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska, but no reports of people being dead or critically injured.
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