Oklahoma Tornadoes: 8 Dead 60 Injured: Cars Torn Apart

My half of the State of Oklahoma (Eastern – Tulsa) was spared the agony the Western portion is in this morning. Four deaths are reported in Canadian County, two deaths in Logan County, one death in Grady County, and the death of a child from an unidentified area, with another two children critically injured. There other reports of death in other areas of the State that have not been confirmed at this time. Take a look at the report below. Honestly, in Oklahoma you cannot be on a highway in an area where tornadic winds are expected.

Remains of a Home in El Reno, Oklahoma, Canadian County

 Read the entire story at The Oklahoman:

At least three of the fatalities in Canadian County were on Interstate 40 near mile marker 113 where cars were blown off the highway, authorities said.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Chris West said troopers were still working to identify the victims late Tuesday. He said some of the victims were found 300 to 400 yards from abandoned vehicles.

Authorities have not released the names, ages or genders of the deceased.

Witnesses said four cars on I-40 were torn apart by the twister, and the highway was littered with car parts. A tractor-trailer was also severely damaged, but the driver survived.

In Chickasha, Calhoun said, 10 mobile homes in the Watson Mobile Home Park were destroyed and several others damaged.

From there the tornado traveled to the Winds of Oak Ridge Apartments, damaging four apartments. It also took the roof off the Grand First Assembly of God and hit Chickasha Square Shopping Centre, damaging a Dollar General and other businesses.

Calhoun said several homes in the nearby community of Friend were leveled.

Eighty one homes in ElReno are reportedly completely destroyed. The town has a population of 12,000-17,000.

Fox News’ Mike Tobin has been in Woodward, Oklahoma for the past few days and spent some time in a cellar last night. A huge tornado hit there, with 5 deaths attributed to that one hit.

This tornado system has been in Oklahoma for a couple of days. On April 13th, a tornado struck a major area in Norman, Oklahoma (home of Oklahoma University):

Tornado Damage in Norman, Oklahoma - April 13, 2012

Tornado Damage in Norman, Oklahoma April 2012

See an amazing video of a multi-vortex tornado in the Woodward area here.

Prayers of thankfulness this morning that my family and friends woke-up safe and uninjured. Prayers of comfort for those living through the nightmare.

Photo credit for first photo above: Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

Photo credit for Norman, Oklahoma photos: The Norman Transcript – Kyle Phillips

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Oklahoma Tornado – Death and Injuries (video)

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