A tornado swept through Oklahoma on Wednesday evening. Residents of the city of Cole recall that the element attacked in a fraction of a second, leaving no way to escape to a safe place. Strong winds caused the death of three people, and houses and outbuildings were wiped off the face of the earth.
In the night from Wednesday to Thursday, they swept across the United States storms. Violent weather phenomena were most severely felt by the inhabitants state of Oklahomawhere a tornado appeared in the evening, and with it gusts of wind up to 265 kilometers per hour.
“I was just trying to survive”
According to residents of the city of Cole, where the damage was greatest, the tornado came in a fraction of a second. Many people had no chance to reach shelters prepared for the eventuality of a storm.
“We knew a tornado was forming west of us, but it looked like it was going to pass north of the city,” a resident told Reuters. – We wanted to quickly run to the shelter, but by the time we reached the kitchen, the strong wind had already torn off the roof of the bedroom. I had to hold my wife’s hand because the wind was trying to suck her in and I was just trying to survive.
McClain County, where Cole is located, said two people were killed in the storm. The third victim died in nearby Pottawatomie County from severe wounds. Police said many people were injured or trapped in their homes. It was also necessary to save farm animals.
“My six cows were trapped in the barn and we’re trying to get them out and take them to my nephews and sisters,” said Cole, a resident.
The storms don’t abate
At least five tornadoes swept through central Oklahoma on Wednesday evening, the Norman branch of the National Weather Service (NWS) said. A total of 18 whirlwinds were recorded in the United States on Wednesday. The tornado supercells that became their source were captured in the satellite images shown below.
Dangerous weather is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, with the possibility of more tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and hail. The worst weather is expected from northeastern Kansas to southwestern Iowa.
Main photo source: Reuters