Tornadoes continue their devastation across the midwestern sates this weekend, as more than twenty twisters touched down, devastating homes and leaving several people injured.
Strong winds and unusual weather conditions were part of a massive storm system that is moving from Texas to Minnesota. As the storm moved through the midwest, twenty-eight tornadoes touched down in fives states, with the largest, more than a half-mile wide, ravaging Oklahoma. The tornado tore through a mobile home park outside of Oklahoma City, and the National Weather Service described the Oklahoma tornado as “large, violent, and extremely dangerous.” Another tornado knocked out power to thousands of homes in Wichita, Kansas, and two tornadoes caused minimal damage outside of Des Moines, Iowa.
The Associated Press reports that, compared to more recent twisters, the tornadoes have cause little in the way of injuries, and that so far, only one death has been reported.
Tornadoes in the midwestern and southern states were responsible for three deaths earlier this spring, and took out power for hundreds of thousands of households. This weekend’s round of tornadoes in Oklahoma destroyed the previously mentioned mobile home park and completely flattened homes around Oklahoma City. 21 people throughout Oklahoma were injured as a result of the tornadoes, and one person has been reported dead.
The windstorms were forecast by the Storm Prediction Center, which issued a severe weather warning for the midwest on Wednesday, and later pinpointed Sunday as the day in which tornadoes were most likely. The extreme weather warning continues into today.
“I knew it was coming,” said Randy Grau, a resident of Edmond, Oklahoma, who spent ten minutes Sunday in his home’s safe room with his family. “I realized it was swirling debris. That’s when we shut the door to the safe room.”