Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Now monster tornadoes slice 80-mile path through rush hour traffic in Oklahoma... just 48 hours after Missouri devastation - 25th May 2011

Violent thunderstorms roared across the Midwest on Tuesday, killing seven people in two states, with several tornadoes touching down in Oklahoma and high winds pounding rural Kansas.

The high-powered storms arrived as forecast, just two days after a massive tornado tore through the southwest Missouri town of Joplin and killed 122 people.

Several tornadoes struck Oklahoma City and its suburbs during rush hour, killing at least five people and injuring at least 60 others - including three children who were in a critical condition.

Five people died west of Oklahoma City in Canadian County, where a weather-monitoring site in El Reno recorded 151mph winds, said a state medical examiner spokesman.

Two people died in Kansas when high winds threw a tree into their van around 6pm near the small town of St. John, about 100 miles west of Wichita, police said. The highway was shut down because of storm damage.

More severe weather was expected after nightfall as the storms continued east - including towards Joplin, which is cleaning up from a Sunday storm that was the nation's eighth-deadliest twister dating back to 1840. Read More

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