US: Mum, child among 5 killed in new storms and tornadoes in Oklahoma. At least 71 injured – 010613 1145z

 

Tornadoes rolled in from the prairie and slammed Oklahoma City and its suburbs, trapping people in their vehicles as a storm swept down an interstate highway while commuters tried to beat it home.(Photo: breakingnews.ie)

Five people were killed, including a mother and baby killed near Union City, Oklahoma.

Another person died at El Reno, the first city struck by the storm, said Amy Elliott, a spokeswoman for the state medical examiner.

Circumstances involving the other two deaths weren’t immediately known, Elliott said.

About 50 (G: Now at least 71) people were hurt, five critically, hospital officials said. Meteorologists had warned about particularly nasty weather Friday but said the storm’s fury didn’t match that of a deadly twister that struck suburban Moore last week.

Violent weather also moved through the St. Louis area, ripping part of the roof off a suburban casino. Friday’s broad storm in Oklahoma hit during the evening rush hour and stuck around, causing havoc on Interstate 40, a major artery connecting suburbs east and west of the city, and dropping so much rain on the area that streets were flooded to a depth of 4 feet.

To the south, a severe storm with winds approaching 80 mph rolled into Moore, where a top-of-the-scale EF5 tornado killed 24 on May 20. Rick Smith, the warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service at Norman, said that while the storm packed a powerful punch, it wasn’t as strong as the Moore tornado.

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A new series of tornadoes has swept through the US state of Oklahoma, killing at least five people, including a mother and child, officials say.

The tornadoes struck near the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, where 24 people were killed by a violent tornado nearly two weeks ago.

The latest storm struck during Friday’s evening rush hour, trapping many people in cars and causing traffic chaos.

More than 60,000 homes lost power and heavy rain has caused severe flooding.

Many streets were inundated with up to 4ft (1.2 m) of water.

Storms also swept through Missouri, where Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency.

The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Centre said the severe weather was shifting eastward on Saturday, towards Ohio and the Mississippi River Valleys.

‘Power flashes’

A police spokeswoman said the mother and child who died were in their car on a major highway – Interstate 40 – near Oklahoma City.

Car damaged on Interstate 40, 31 May Many vehicles were overturned on Interstate 40

Dozens of lorries were overturned on the highway.

Amy Elliott, a spokeswoman for Oklahoma’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, said that two of the deaths occurred in Union City and one was in El Reno, west of Oklahoma City.

Dozens of people have been hurt, with five of them in a critical condition.

Among those who took to the roads to flee the storm was 30-year-old Brandi Vanalphen.

“What got me scared was being stuck in traffic with sirens going off,” she told Reuters.

“I started seeing power flashes to the north… I started driving on the shoulder. People started driving over the grass.”

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said: “For reasons that are not clear to me, more people took to the roads, more than we expected. Everyone acted differently in this storm, and as a result, it created an extremely dangerous situation.

“I think we are still a little shaken by what happened in Moore. We are still burying children and victims, so our emotions are still strong,” he added.

Meteorologists said the tornadoes were less severe than the one that struck Moore two weeks ago.

That tornado – ranked as an EF5, the most powerful – destroyed some 1,200 homes. About 33,000 people were affected and the damage has been estimated at $2bn (£1.32bn).

Oklahoma is in part of the US Midwest known as Tornado Alley. Some 1,200 tornadoes strike each year, though most are relatively small.

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