How tragic. Just 10 days after Oklahoma City was hit by a devastating tornado that wiped out two elementary schools and killed 24 people, the Oklahoma City area was once again struck by multiple strong tornadoes.
The residents in the Oklahoma City, Okla. area barely had enough time to recover from the damage from the May 20 tornadoes when another violent storm system moved through the area on May 30. The National Weather Service declared a tornado emergency in Oklahoma and urged everyone in the area to take cover immediately.
Multiple Violent Tornadoes Hit Oklahoma City Area
Multiple tornadoes have been reported touching down in areas near Oklahoma city: one near the suburb of Bethany, one north of Union City, one outside of Tinker Air Force Base, and another just outside of Moore, the same area that was devastated by the tornadoes on May 20.
The National Weather Service reported “an extremely unstable air mass has developed” across central and eastern Oklahoma. The weather service tweeted, ”Please try to get to a building or safe shelter!”
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol was extremely worried about the interstate areas because the amount of people on I-40 and I-35. ”My biggest concern right now is the traffic that is out on the highway right now,” Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said.
The interstates were described as “a parking lot” and the drivers stuck on the road considered to be in serious danger because of the storms. Several tractor trailers were overturned by the storms and multiple injuries have been reported.
An estimated 1,200 people had to be evacuated from Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport before the storms hit.
At least 50,000 people are left without power in the Oklahoma City Area, according to the Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.
WATCH: Multiple Tornadoes Hit Oklahoma City Area
– Jenny Pickard