At least five killed, dozens injured after tornado outbreak in Oklahoma

May 11th, 2010 - 3:06 pm ICT by BNO News  

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA (BNO NEWS) — Several tornadoes touched down southeast of Oklahoma City on Monday, overturning numerous cars, destroying houses and at least one trailer park, officials said, causing at least five deaths.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, two people were killed during the tornadoes in Oklahoma City and three were killed in Norman, south of Oklahoma City. CNN reported nearly 50 people injured across the state, 8 critically.

The Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office called KOCO-TV to refute a claim that three people were killed in Tecumseh, southeast of Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry said the state is “working to coordinate response efforts as the storms continue to move across the state.”

“Many communities have already suffered damages and we are doing everything we can to deliver them the help they need. Emergency management officials, state troopers and other first responders are in the field and will remain there as long as assistance is needed,” a news release from the Governor’s office read.

“I’m urging all Oklahomans to stay aware of the changing weather conditions, monitor television and radio forecasts and move quickly to take appropriate tornado precautions if they believe they are in the path of a storm,” Henry added.

Meteorologists said up to 12 tornadoes were confirmed across the state, causing damage in at least 13 counties.

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