Tornadoes on the Great Plains Cause Extensive Damage

Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle via AP
Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle via AP

An outbreak of tornadoes that skimmed across areas of the Great Plains caused extensive damage and caused work and school closures on Wednesday.

Areas of Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas were hit by the storms causing areas near Oklahoma City to issue a tornado emergency.

Several people were injured and property was damaged throughout the area.

One person was injured and at least one home badly damaged in Jewell, Kansas. Another tornado was seen at Mount Hope. In Nebraska a home was smashed near Hebron, and a touchdown was seen in Roseland. Texas saw damage near Woodson. But Oklahoma got the worst of it, with damage reported from Chickasha to Newcastle.

Grady County, Oklahoma, Emergency Services director Dale Thompson reported that up to 35 homes were destroyed in his county.

Schools were ordered to shelter in place, and several highways were closed down across the region.

The National Weather Service warned that tornadoes could continue for several days.

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