At least 9 dead in new Oklahoma storms
People walk near cars and trees damaged by a tornado at the Canadian Valley Technology Center in El Reno, Okla., on Saturday. Tornadoes killed five people in central Oklahoma including a mother and her baby and menaced Oklahoma City and its hard-hit suburb of Moore, before the storm system tracked northeast early on Saturday. (REUTERS)
Perhaps as a result, many Oklahoma City commuters who heard tornado sirens late Friday headed for safety and found themselves trapped on local highways as tornadoes loomed. At least five tornadoes struck the area, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Wiley at the regional headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas.
Among the nine dead were seven adults and two children, including a mother and a baby, according to Amy Elliott, a spokesman for the state medical examiner.
At least 75 people were hurt, according to Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokesman Keli Cain.
"We're still seeing a lot of flooding, and we still have a lot of power outages in the Oklahoma City area," Cain said.
"There's been pretty much nonstop weather of some kind for the past two weeks so that's definitely impacted the recovery efforts" in Moore, Cain said.
"It was just such a violent and extended storm, it went on for hours," Louden said from Oklahoma City.
"We were in the process of moving from relief to recovery. Now with the loss of electricity a lot of that food we distributed there is spoiling and we're going to have to go back and provide more relief," Louden told The Los Angeles Times.
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