Tornado kills 2 in Oklahoma

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Tulsa, OK, United States (4E) – A tornado struck the small community of Quapaw in northeastern Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon killing two people, the local sheriff’s office reported.

The fatality report came from Ottawa County sheriff’s dispatcher Colleen Thompson, who said the tornado touched down around 5:30 p.m.

The north side of the town, including the Quapaw fire station, was reportedly damaged and staffs from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management are headed there to inspect.

A tornado also caused damage in or near Baxter Springs, Kansas while another touched down near the same state’s Prescott town around 5:45 p.m. pulling large trees from the ground and damaging farm structures.

There were reports of twisters in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.

Tornado warnings were in effect for parts of northwest Mississippi and western Missouri. Forecasters warned Sunday of possible tornadoes in a wide swath of the Midwest and south, stretching from Omaha, Nebraska south to Texas and east to northern Louisiana and Mississippi. A tornado warning indicates the greatest threat of a strike.

Tornado watches were in effect for New Mexico, Tennessee, Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Iowa, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana. A tornado watch means twisters could develop but aren’t an immediate threat.

If not tornado, forecasters predicted baseball-sized hail and powerful straight line winds buffeting the said states covered by tornado warnings and watches. Storms that moved through west-central Missouri brought nearly 70 mph winds that toppled trees near Chillicothe.

Nearly 60 mph winds damaged several buildings, including a barn, and injured one person in southeastern Iowa on Sunday. A tractor-trailer was blown onto its side on Interstate 70 about 30 miles east of Kansas City about 1 p.m.

Golf ball-sized hail was reported at Overland Park, Kansas and Trimble, Missouri.

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