At least 7 people were injured in northern Oklahoma after at least four tornadoes touched down in Tulsa County and Rogers County, one of which is in critical condition. The severe weather also damaged power lines and buildings. About one square mile of residential zone sustained heavy damage. Several thousand people in north Tulsa are without power. Thus far, nobody has been reported missing.
“We want to check each house,” Tulsa Fire Department spokesman Stan May said. “We’ve got some elderly people in the area. We want to make sure people have the medicines they need.”
According to the National Weather Service, the storm system caused thunder storms as well as hail. Another twister was reported in southern Oklahoma.
“Radar imagery showed lofted debris associated with the tornado near Tulsa,” said Quincy Vagell, a meteorologist with.
Weather services have also issued flash flood warnings as the multiple rounds of thunderstorms will produce up to six inches of rain. The storm system is moving east and is expected to cause more tornadoes as well as heavy rainfall. Forecasters in Alabama expect heavy hail and winds reaching up to 70 miles per hour.
“Heavy rain from waves of storms could renew flooding over north Louisiana,” said Cynthia Palmer, a forecaster at the weather service’s office in Shreveport, Louisiana.
“We will see the heaviest rain in the Monroe area of northeast Louisiana starting late this afternoon and evening and another wave on Thursday,” Palmer said Wednesday morning. “This is the area that could see up to 6 inches.”