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Photos: Second wave of tornadoes slams Oklahoma, 9 killed

Last updated on: June 2, 2013 00:03 IST

Second wave of tornadoes slams Oklahoma, 9 killed

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At least nine people were killed and over 100 others injured after a series of deadly tornadoes hit Oklahoma City, days after the region was battered by a monster storm that claimed 24 lives.

The state medical examiner's office confirmed that the death toll had risen to at least nine, including at least two children, according to local media report.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported that Oklahoma City-area hospitals treated 104 people. More than half of those were people who had been cut or pierced.

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Image: A mile-wide tornado, photographed with an extreme wide angle lens, is seen near El Reno, Oklahoma
Photographs: Richard Rowe/Reuters

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According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Betsy Randolph, a woman and her child were killed when their SUV overturned on the state highway as an enormous tornado swept through the area on Friday.

The mother and her baby were among nine people killed as a result of severe weather, authorities said.

"We try to tell people not to drive into the storm," Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Betsy Randolph said.

"And this may have been one of those deals where there was little or no notice or warning. It's just so gut-wrenching and it's so heartbreaking," she said.

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Image: Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troopers look at a flipped SUV, which was blown off of Interstate-40 eastbound by a tornado, just east of El Reno, Oklahoma
Photographs: Bill Waugh/Reuters

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The accident happened as an enormous tornado swept through the area yesterday. The tornado was part of a midwestern storm system that spun off twisters as far away as St Louis, Missouri.

 

More than 200,000 customers were without power in Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois area because of the severe weather, the Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company said.

 

Also, more than half the city of Mustang, 27 kilometres south of Oklahoma City, was without power, Mustang Fire Chief Roy Widmann said.

 

Heavy rain was forecast for tomorrow, which could hinder rescue and recovery efforts further.

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Image: Tornado debris hangs from a billboard sign, which was destroyed along Interstate-40 Westbound, as traffic passes slowly just east of El Reno
Photographs: Bill Waugh/Reuters

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"The flooding is the major problem in the Oklahoma City metro," Lt. Jay Barnett of the Oklahoma City Police Department told The Oklahoman. "A lot of that has to do with people who, for whatever reason, instead of sheltering decided to outrun the storm and got caught in it."

"Areas of the city that don't normally flood -- we're seeing flooding," he said.

The broad storm hit during the rush hour and stuck around, causing havoc on Interstate 40, a major artery connecting suburbs east and west of the city, dropping so much rain on the area that streets were flooded to a depth of 4 feet.

High winds were forecast for Moore, the suburb where a monster tornado had killed 24 people, including 10 children on May 20. 


Image: A semi tractor-trailer is seen damaged along Interstate-40 Westbound after a tornado hit the area just east of El Reno
Photographs: Bill Waugh/Reuters

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