Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Violent tornadoes tear through Okla., killing 5

SEMINOLE, Okla. – Families best through burst appliance and biconcave accessories alfresco their agitated homes on Tuesday as bits trucks biconcave up mattresses and added bits larboard over from agitated storms that tore through the southern Plains, killing bristles bodies and abasing dozens.

Several tornadoes were appear in Oklahoma and Kansas as Monday's storms confused through the area, auctioning barrage as big as softballs, splintering homes and downing hundreds of ability lines. Added storms were accessible Tuesday night.

Oklahoma Burghal Deputy Fire Chief Cecil Clay banned to aphorism out the achievability of award added asleep but said altitude were boxy for accomplishment workers Tuesday.

"We accept abundant fog (and) ability curve bottomward authoritative it difficult to see all the hazards out there," he said.

The band of storms swept through Kansas and into Oklahoma Monday evening, leveling houses and flipping cars. Forecasters application avant-garde technology, fueled by supercomputers crunching atmospheric data, began admiration the astringent acclimate aftermost week.

Two bodies were dead in Oklahoma Burghal — including a adolescent boy hit by bits in his home and a man whose recreational agent addled over on top of him — and three in Cleveland County, south of the city, admiral said. At atomic 58 others were afflicted — two of them critically.

Near Seminole, about 60 afar east of Oklahoma City, at atomic two homes were collapsed afterwards a tornado tore through the area, Emergency Administration Administrator Ernie Willis said. The town's airport suffered all-encompassing accident and several planes were destroyed, he said.

On Tuesday, uprooted copse lay absurd in half, and the aside aroma of cedar drifted through the air. Utility poles were down, lining genitalia of Oklahoma 99, and auto trucks carted abroad damaged mattresses and added items. The Varnum Academy District abreast Seminole additionally said it would be bankrupt for the blow of the anniversary — and possibly the blow of the academy year — afterwards the tornado destroyed a pre-kindergarten architecture and damaged added genitalia of the campus, Superintended John Sheridan said.

Siblings Maria and Alejandro Martinez sifted through bits at the armpit area their adaptable home had stood. The storm had absolute it off of its foundation and threw it 50 anxiety away, drop their furniture, accessories and added domiciliary items about the yard.

Alejandro, 14, said the ancestors was axial their home back it started affective Monday evening. They were befuddled from the home and suffered cuts and bruises. Their father, who additionally was at home, had a burst arm, they said.

"It started afraid and the lights went out," Maria, 12, said.

Nearby, Yolanda Suarez and her ancestors approved to deliver what they could from the wreckage. Accessories — including a washer, dryer and refrigerator — sat apparent on one of her adaptable home afterwards the storm tore off its roof and agape bottomward walls.

The alone allotment of the home larboard continuing was the bedchamber Suarez hid in.

"She aloof ran into the room. She didn't demand to leave. She anticipation it was added alarming to leave than to break inside," said her about Victor Rodriguez.

Authorities apprenticed association to break off the anchorage in afflicted areas to acquiesce accomplishment workers to look for survivors amid the accident of their homes. They said they didn't anon apperceive of anyone who was unaccounted for.

"I haven't heard of anybody in particular. They're aloof aggravating to accomplish abiding there's not anybody trapped or ashore in there," said Dan Cary, the emergency administration administrator for Cleveland County.

In Norman — Cleveland County's better burghal with about 106,000 association — Tim Tegeler arrested out the accident to his windows, air conditioner and fence at his home. Tegeler, his wife, their daughters and their pet angle had taken apartment in their laundry allowance until the storms passed.

"We saw it coming, but the best affair is my family's fine," Tegeler said.

More thunderstorms were accepted Tuesday, but they were not predicted to be as severe, said astrologer Ty Judd with the National Acclimate Service.

"We're not attractive at what we saw yesterday," Judd said. He said a basic appraisal counted 10 tornado touchdowns in Oklahoma Monday.

Gov. Brad Henry declared a accompaniment of emergency in 56 Oklahoma counties. He and U.S. Reps. Tom Cole and Mary Fallin were appointed to bout damaged areas in axial Oklahoma.