Severe Weather Spawns Massive Tornadoes Across Oklahoma
Multiple tornadoes tore across central Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon, killing two and injuring over 20 others.
The first tornado hit Edmond, OK, which is where I live. Around 3PM CT severe storms moved into the area and we prepped our closet with blankets and water. We did not lose power or internet and were able to stream local news stations online. A wall cloud was quickly forming three miles west of us when the sirens went off and the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a tornado warning. First came torrential rain then the golf ball sized hail. After the hail tapered off I snuck out of the closet to hear the wind. When I did not head anything I went out side and took these Vine videos of my backyard:
The clouds started to lower and rotate and continued to move east. Next thing we knew, the news was reporting a tornado on the ground at 15th and Bryant, about two to three miles east of our house. A few homes sustained damage and one lost the entire second floor. A branch of Mercy Hospital had broken windows and roof damage.
At the same time another tornado touched down on 2nd Street and I-35, but no damage was reported. A third tornado formed a mile north of Luther and hit Wellston and Carney.
The fourth tornado was the worst one of all. This one formed and touched down east of Norman as a waterspout on Lake Thunderbird. It tracked east towards Shawnee. Multiple vehicles were overturned on I-40 and US Highway 177. One semi-truck was thrown off the overpass of I-40 and spilled its entire contents where it landed on 177. Another semi was on its side and barely staying on the I-40 overpass. The trailer park Steelman Estates was completely wiped out. Two residents were killed.
Unfortunately, Oklahoma and the rest of the plains are under another tornado threat for Monday.
Follow the Twitter hashtag #okwx to stay up to date on the storms.