Oklahoma counts dead, wounded from new tornadoes, flash floods
US: Less than two weeks after deadly tornadoes ravaged Moore
and south Oklahoma City, Oklahomans are once again counting their dead
and wounded. Fourteen people were killed in Friday night’s tornadoes and
ensuing flash floods and another 104 were injured.
Tens of thousands of people found themselves sitting in the dark.
Downtown Oklahoma City was a mess of flooded basements. Residents of the
Crutcho area of south Oklahoma City woke up to stormwaters climbing up
the sides of their homes. Water rescue teams evacuated about 100
Deaths came in the tornado and its watery aftermath. The state
medical examiner confirmed nine fatalities from the tornadoes, two
children and seven adults. Two other storm-related fatalities were
reported by law enforcement.
James C. Talbert died after he drove his vehicle off a washed out
bridge at E Hefner and N Dobbs Road in eastern Oklahoma County early
Saturday morning, the Oklahoma County sheriff’s office reported.
And the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported that Dorenia Akins, 69, of
Clearview drowned Saturday morning after driving into the high rushing
waters of flooded Alabama Creek, south of Clearview on an Okfuskee
In Oklahoma City, flooding continued to be a problem Saturday
afternoon. Numerous roads remained closed, and a road collapsed near SW
29 and Sara Road, a city spokeswoman said.
Spokeswoman Karen Carney said a commercial aircraft got blown into a
jet bridge. There were numerous flight cancellations as aircraft
couldn’t get in after the storm.
Oklahoma City University reported water damage on campus, but no
structural damage to the university’s buildings. An earlier report of a
partial roof collapse was incorrect.