Oklahoma tornadoes have already claimed the lives of two people yesterday and the storm system is still on the move. One man was killed when a tornado tore through Wynnewood, Oklahoma. According to Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes, the victim was a 76-year-old man who lived by himself in a trailer.
Another man was killed by a different tornado that touched down near Connerville, Oklahoma. This storm system is sweeping the great plains and destroying all in it’s path. The National Weather Service said a tornado touched down in central Iowa, with no immediate reports of damage, and another hit near Nehawka, Neb., about 30 miles south of Omaha.
Last night Arkansas felt the storm’s wrath when 20 tornadoes touched down in the state. “Heavy [thunderstorms] this morning are moving across Arkansas with a few tornado warnings,” according to Steven Sosna, an NBC New York meteorologist.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center warned that this storm system could create more twisters with wind speeds above 100 mph from eastern Oklahoma to central Arkansas.
“There’s a lot of damage to be surveyed Tuesday, and the [National] Weather Service will be very busy,” said Ari Sarsalari, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel.
Tornadoes in Nebraska were accompanied by large hail said to be up to 4 and a half inches in diameter.
The National Weather service says that this system continues to move across the plains. They warn of sever thunderstorms throughout middle Mississippi and lower Ohio Valleys, and from central and into northern Texas, as well as across parts of the northern and central Plains.
This video was taken when a tornado touched down about 70 miles south of Oklahoma City. The driver actually gets so close that he is forced to back up and turn the car around. This tornado, described by weather forecasters as “large and extremely dangerous”, hit mostly rural areas but has still proven to be deadly.