Severe Tornado Hits Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Kills One
On Wednesday, a dangerous tornado hit eastern Oklahoma City, leaving one dead and devastating several mobile homes west of Tulsa.
According to Tulsa World, Emergency Medical Services Authority has confirmed the fatality occurred at the Sand Springs mobile home park at Oklahoma 51 and 145th West Avenue.
City of Moore announced on its Twitter account, “Tornado damages parts of Moore.”
Police estimate destruction of around 25 to 30 homes, in addition to about a dozen that were leveled.
A gymnasium in Sand Springs was also damaged. The building was mostly occupied by children who took shelter in the basement. They were attending the Aim High Dance Academy.
Big chunks of hail shattered windows in eastern Pawnee County.
Maj. Shannon Clark, with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, said, “Right now, rescue efforts are continuing and officers are aiding the injured and helping those who need immediate medical care.
“It’s very tough conditions right now — very touch and go. The conditions my people are working in right now are deplorable at best.”
The storm also caused widespread power loss, affecting almost 23,000 people in Tulsa County and 2,500 people in Osage County, as reported by USA Today.
Sgt. Jeremy Lewis, with the city’s police, said that another approaching storm was observed 15 miles south of Moore.
“We have about a 2-mile square area with significant damage, mainly roofs off homes and downed trees,” he said. “Right now, we have the area secured, we have crews in there making sure that gas lines, electrical line, all that’s turned off. ”
The tornado also caused Moore Public Schools to call off classes for Thursday.
“School has been canceled tomorrow Mar 26 due to damage across the district,” the school district tweeted. “Updates tomorrow morning – Thanks for your patience.”
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