Flood emergency declared in Oklahoma City for the 1st time, tornado overturns homes, vehicles
OKLAHOMA CITY: This is the first time that the Oklahoma City has faced a flood emergency. Storms after storms have pounded the city for the past the last several days and if that was not enough powerful tornadoes destroyed homes and offices across the city and its suburbs.
The administration has announced a flood emergency in the city. Thankfully thus far, no deaths have been reported despite the twister hitting the city very hard. Overturned cars and other vehicles and roofless homes are still visible in many parts of the city and even outside.
While Nebraska and Kansas too faced the wrath of the twister, the main damage was done in Oklahoma City. Reports suggest that many homes and offices seem to have been completely destroyed in places like in Bridge Creek, Amber and Blanchard, southwest of the city. Weathermen are claiming that more storms are expected and may hit the same areas that were hit earlier.
While talking about the weather forecast for the region, meteorologist Michael Scotten with the National Weather Service in Norman says, â€œWe have damage reports, so we do strongly think there was a tornado on the south side of Oklahoma Cityâ€.
Meanwhile not just men and women had to face the wrath of the powerful tornadoes. Even animals were not spared. In Grady County, some 25 miles of Oklahoma City, a zoo was hit by a tornado, prompting concerns that animals could be on the loose. Thankfully reports suggest that animals including several lions were still present in the zoo premises and were completely secure.
In the meantime Kristy Yeager, Oklahoma City spokeswoman says that that road crews were waiting for the storms to abate to set up barricades and evaluate trouble spots. “They’ll dispatch as soon as the storms end and the weather clears,” Yager said.
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