Deadly, destructive tornadoes target Tulsa, Moore in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- At least one person was killed in a destructive tornado near Tulsa, Oklahoma Wednesday night according to emergency officials. Tornadoes caused damage in the Oklahoma City area as well.

A confirmed, "extremely dangerous" tornado was spotted near Sand Springs in suburban Tulsa, moving east at 45 mph, the weather service said.

A mobile home park southwest of that town was "hit very hard," said Chief Daniel Bradley of the Sand Springs Fire Department. His office was told 24 homes were damaged, some rolled over. Ambulances were en route.  In addition to the report of one fatality, three other people were taken to hospitals. Two of those people were in critical condition.

"Right now, rescue efforts are continuing and officers are aiding the injured and helping those who need immediate medical care," Maj. Shannon Clark with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office said.

The damage happened at a park west of the city limits of Sand Springs.

"We have very bad weather, so we will know more when daylight comes. It's very tough conditions right now -- very touch and go," Clark said. "The conditions my people are working in right now are deplorable at best."

Tornado hits Moore, Oklahoma

A tornado touched down in Moore, Oklahoma in metropolitan Oklahoma City according to KFOR.com. It appeared to take a path similar to a devastating tornado that hit Moore May 20, 2013.

Reports said there were vehicles overturned on I-35 in Moore. The tornado hit during rush hour. The Interstate was closed.

Tree limbs and roofs were also damaged and at least 36,000 people were without power. Emergency officials were telling people that Moore was closed and urged them to stay away from the area so first responders could have easier access.

Schools in Moore were closed Thursday because of the damage.

Tornadoes were also reported in the northwestern corner of Arkansas, east of Tulsa.

 

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