Oklahoma braces for more tornadoes, as severe storm system lingers (+video)
“It looks like there's been heavy equipment in there on a demolition tour.... It's pretty bad. It's pretty much wiped out,” Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth told Fox News on Monday.
At least four tornadoes touched down in the state Sunday, as storms pounded much of western Oklahoma Saturday and then moved northeast of Oklahoma City on Sunday. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) declared disaster areas in 16 counties, and more than 23,000 power outages were reported throughout the state.
Tornados also touched down in Iowa, Kansas, and western Illinois, with no injuries reported. In Iowa, a tornado inflicted damage in the towns of Huxley and Earlham, west of Des Moines. Downed power lines have left about 11,000 homes without power, six mobile homes were damaged, and, according to the Associated Press, one farmer reported the deaths of some animals, as heavy winds destroyed a barn.
A tornado swept down on Kansas late afternoon Sunday on the southwest side of Wichita, near the Mid-Continent Airport, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Several homes suffered window, siding, and roof damage, and more than 53,000 homes lost power. The storm was so immediate, it disrupted several high school graduation ceremonies as heavy rains and hail forced attendees to seek shelter. More than two inches of rain pounded Wichita streets, causing some flooding.