Twisted weather: 19 tornadoes wreak havoc, down power in central US states (IMAGES)
At least 19 tornadoes have struck the mid-US this weekend damaging homes and causing blackouts, according to weather channels. The worst affected states are Oklahoma and Texas, which were hit by hail and destructive storms.
Minnesota, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Iowa and Louisiana have all witnessed the wayward and harsh whims of May’s weather.
A tornado touched down near the town of Ogden in Iowa, on Sunday.
From the other side you can see the efforts ongoing. pic.twitter.com/7fKLN1HK9B
— Johnson County EM (@jocotx_em) May 17, 2015
On Saturday, a “multi-vortex” tornado hit southwest of the towns of Murdock and Rosen in Minnesota on Saturday. Broken Arrow in the northeastern part of Oklahoma also reported a twister, which caused structural damage and power outages in the area. A separate and large tornado struck southwestern Oklahoma.
“Elsewhere in Oklahoma, tornadoes were reported 9 miles [14 km] south of Anadarko, near Meers and Elk City along Interstate 80,” the Weather Channel said.
Tornado warning includes Wichita Falls, TX until 815 CDT. pic.twitter.com/yTqzSvou1x
— U.S. Tornadoes (@USTornadoes) May 17, 2015
Homes and power lines have been damaged following the severe weather in Oklahoma. The Department of Emergency Management reported over 3,000 power outages there.
"We've gotten a lot of rain in a short time. The ground is saturated, so every time we get another big soaking, the rain causes more flash flooding," spokeswoman Keli Cain said.
"We are seeing pockets of damaging winds from Missouri south to northeast Oklahoma," Bill Bunting, chief of operations for the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center in Norman, also told AP. "It's a very strong upper level disturbance."
US Highway 283 in the town of Elmer had to be shut down due to a fallen power line, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.
Texas was not only again struck by tornadoes as in the previous week, but also received a battering from some “baseball-sized” hail. Heavy rains and winds are still whipping across parts of the Lone Star State, as well as drenching and buffeting Kansas, Nebraska and Minnesota, who may see some more tornadoes on Sunday.
Massive tornado right now. 5 miles east of Elmer, OK. pic.twitter.com/UYUlYxXQDL
— Michael Seger (@MichaelSeger) May 16, 2015
— jason beach (@jasonbeach1) May 17, 2015
— Jason Cooley (@OUtornadoCooley) May 16, 2015
A number of supercells headed into the moderate risk zone now. Radar loop ending around 4;05p CDT. pic.twitter.com/ZqRjQK9Mj0
— U.S. Tornadoes (@USTornadoes) May 16, 2015
— NWS Lubbock (@NWSLubbock) May 16, 2015
Tornado n of Arapahoe co at 209pm mdt pic.twitter.com/pzXhRTjEC1
— Mike Umscheid (@mikeumsc) May 15, 2015
NWS damage survey underway near Sibley, MO. pic.twitter.com/9f19czkCD5
— NWS Kansas City (@NWSKansasCity) May 17, 2015
— NWS St. Louis (@NWSStLouis) May 17, 2015