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article imageFive confirmed dead after killer tornadoes hit Oklahoma Special

By Kim I. Hartman     May 11, 2010 in Environment
Norman - Violent storms that tore through the southern Plains from Oklahoma to Kansas resulted in five dead, dozens of injuries, property damage and disruption of public utilities and power lines while littering the streets with debris in the wake of disaster.
Violent storms ripped through Kansas and Oklahoma where five people are known dead and left numerous injured. City of Norman offices said it flattened homes, tore roofs off homes and buildings, toppled semi-trailers and sent cars and debris flying through the air.
The tornado's reported in Oklahoma and Kansas on Monday dumped hail as big as baseballs and left many residents of parts of Norman, Oklahoma and Cleveland County without power, gas and water.
The Oklahoma and Kansas Departments of Emergency Management are on the scene assessing the damages this morning in their respective states. More deaths and injuries could be expected as clean-up begins and the search for missing continues.
Norman Oklahoma Fire Department are asking people to stay off the roads until the situation is under control.
They remind people not to go near downed power-lines and to report these and broken water and gas lines to appropriate emergency officials.
Somer Erickson of Emergency Operations in Norman, the largest city in Cleveland County Oklahoma, confirmed at least one death in Norman as a result of the tornadoes.
She also said there are two dozen injuries in Cleveland County, one-third of them serious.
Erickson said the tornadoes that hit the Norman area moved through the south-east section of the city and caused much damage. No totals on damage are available at this time.
If you have family members in these areas and are having difficult reaching them by phone, Erickson advises giving it a little time until downed phone lines are repaired and electricity is back on in these areas. At this time lack of phone service may be the problem and should be resolved soon.
Map showing Norman Oklahoma and Oklahoma City where tornado s struck late Monday evening.
Map showing Norman Oklahoma and Oklahoma City where tornado's struck late Monday evening.
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If you still have concerns about a family member being injured or killed you can call Norman Regional Hospital at (405) 307-100. They may be able to tell you if your family members name has been added to those injured at this time.
Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokesman Jerry Lojka said two people were killed in Oklahoma City and three were killed in Cleveland County, south of the city. Oklahoma City officials said the fatalities there involved a young boy who was hit by debris in his home and a man whose recreational vehicle flipped over on top of him.
Details on the Cleveland County deaths weren't immediately available. Officials reported that at least 58 others were injured — two of them critically — in a tornado outbreak that forecasters had been predicting since last week reported msnbc.com.
City of Norman said The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center at Norman had predicted the tornadoes, saying the atmosphere had the right mix of winds, heat and moisture and they have been watching the weather in anticipation of the tornado's that struck plains states of Oklahoma and Kansas last night.
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