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Published On: Sat, Jun 1st, 2013

Oklahoma hit by another tornado, death toll at 9 with 2 being children

Oklahoma is still struggling to put back the pieces after the previously tornado strike at Moore and now a new wave has hit the area.

This storm’s death toll has increased to nine and includes two children after tornadoes and violent storms hit central Oklahoma over the last 36 hours or so.

Oklahoma video tornado strikeSeven adults were also among the dead, confirmed Amy Elliott with the state Medical Examiner’s Office. The bodies of a mother and her baby were found near a vehicle along Interstate 40 between El Reno and Yukon.

The twisters and heavy rains that swept through the area flipped cars and trucks on interstate highways and swept up vehicles in deep flood waters.

Click here to watch Storm Chasers Video where they get a bit too close and find some debris landing on them while filming.

Emergency crews have started to repair the flood-damaged roads and bridges, and began clearing trees and other debris from roadways to make it easier for first responders to get to the areas hit by the tornadoes, Canadian County Commissioner Phil Carson said today.

“We haven’t had a chance yet for our team to take a look at the damage out there because the flood waters are still keeping us out of the area,” Keli Cain with Oklahoma Emergency Management told ABC News Radio.

Hospital officials said at least 75 people have been hurt, five critically, when storms struck the municipalities northwest of Moore and its suburbs during Friday rush hour, toppling cars and leaving commuters trapped on an interstate highway.

The National Weather Service reported “several” tornadoes rolled in from the prairie, pounding towns along their path and causing severe flooding.

It dumped around eight inches (20cm) of rain on Oklahoma City in the span of a few hours and made the tornado difficult to spot for motorists, said Bruce Thoren, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oklahoma.

ABC Source

Photo screenshot StormChasersvideo.com

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