Thousands of people were in danger in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area Friday night as a tornado system threatened the heavily populated area and other areas of Oklahoma that just recently got hit with devastating storms. It’s being reported that three tornadoes touched down and at least nine people have now been killed.
— Chris Spears (@WxmanChris) May 19, 2013
To see the live coverage of the event as it unfolded go here:
Here’s what you should know.
1. The National Weather Service Issued a Tornado Warning
Times may change, but I would not want to be driving anywhere in the OKC metro after 4pm today. Tornadoes not certain, but be ready! #okwx
— NWS Norman (@NWSNorman) May 31, 2013
The declaration meant a large, destructive tornado was moving into a densely populated area where widespread damage and fatalities could have occurred. Around 9:30 p.m. EST, the National Weather Service announced that the tornado threat started to weaken in Oklahoma, but moved to a separate tornado system in St. Louis, Missouri. By 10:30, the tornado warnings were lifted.
923pm – all tornado warnings have expired. Storms producing flooding, large hail and damaging winds will continue S and E of OKC. #okwx
— NWS Norman (@NWSNorman) June 1, 2013
2. There Were Multiple Tornadoes
#Breaking: National Weather Service says initial estimates five tornadoes touched down in the Oklahoma City area, number will likely change.
— ABC News (@ABC) June 1, 2013
3. A Tornado Touched Down in El Reno
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) June 1, 2013
4. Moore Was Also in Danger
A tornado warning was also issued for Moore, Oklahoma, where just last week a massive tornado flattened everything in its path and was responsible for 24 deaths.
5. There Are At Least Five Confirmed Fatalities Reported
BREAKING: Oklahoma medical examiner’s office says five are killed in tornado outbreak in Oklahoma City suburbs. -MM
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 1, 2013
Authorities reported that at least five people have died as a result of the severe storm system. A mother and her baby were among the dead after they were found by a vehicle after one of the tornadoes hit I-40.
6. Interstate 40 in Oklahoma City Was Shut Down
Oklahoma Highway Patrol urging motorists to get off I-35 and I-40 near OKC. on.cnn.com/11h2iw2
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) June 1, 2013
I-40 east of Oklahoma City was shut down and there were at least six reports of semi-trucks overturned.
7. 80,000 People are Without Power
NEW: 80,000 people are without power in Oklahoma; 65,000 of those are in OKC metro area – @abc
— NewsBreaker (@NewsBreaker) June 1, 2013
8. A Weather Channel Storm Chaser Truck Was Damaged
The Weather Channel Storm Chaser Truck after tornado hit. twitter.com/brocksuire/sta…
— Brock Suire (@brocksuire) June 1, 2013
9. Baseball Sized Hail Accompanied the Storm
— Official Rawkstarr (@i_am_Rawkstarr) June 1, 2013
10. Passengers at Will Rogers Airport Have Been Evacuated to an Underground Tunnel
— Colin Jones (@colinjones) June 1, 2013