Strong winds and severe storms ripped through the Midwest, carrying tornadoes and heavy flooding in various parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska on Wednesday. Damage was reported in southwest Oklahoma City by Capt. Paul Timmons of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Due to low visibility, it was tough to reach tornado-hit areas and carry rescue operations.
“There’s debris just everywhere, and there’s a lot of water on the roadways,” Timmons told CNN.
A photo of the destruction was shown on CNN. Part of the exterior wall of Norman Hotel in Norman, Oklahoma was seen destroyed, with pieces scattered around. Parking areas were also filled with debris. The front desk clerk said she had alarmed guests and moved them into a storm shelter.
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According to the National Weather Service, 20 tornadoes were reported in three states – Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma. There were reports of property destruction and loss of lives coming from various parts, mostly from the southwest of Oklahoma City.
According to weather reports, one person was injured in Burr Oak, Kansas, while dozens of homes were destroyed by tornadoes in Amber and Bridge Creek, Oklahoma.
Due to tornado threats, passengers inside Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport were informed to move inside a pedestrian tunnel.
A tornado also destroyed a farm in a community near Hardy, Nebraska.
“We are seeing some pretty ominous-looking skies,” CNN’s meteorologist Jennifer Gray stated.