Weekend Storms Kill At Least 16 in Oklahoma and Missouri
My heart is so heavy for those who’ve been faced with ugly storms these past few weeks. It was another awful weekend of storms with deadly storms killed at least 16 people in Oklahoma and Missouri.
At least 13 people died after five tornadoes hit the already battered Oklahoma City area Friday evening. The victims included three professional storm chasers: Tim Samaras, 55, founder of the tornado research project, called Twistex; his son Paul, 24; and their chase partner, Carl Young, 45.
Tim, Paul and Carl were killed after they were overtaken by a multiple-vortex tornado that sharply changed direction near El Reno, Okla. The Oklahoma City Fire Department said yesterday it was also searching the Oklahoma River for four more missing people.
Three other deaths, in Missouri, were blamed on flooding caused by the torrential hailstorms. Tens of thousands in that state were without power and Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency.