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Four dead after several tornadoes rip through Oklahoma

Buildings damaged by tornado Associated Press/Photo by Ken Miller

Four dead after several tornadoes rip through Oklahoma

A four-month-old baby was listed among the dead, and more than 100 people received injuries from the storms over the weekend, the Oklahoma Department of Health reported. Gov. Kevin Stitt issued a state of emergency on Saturday for a dozen counties, placing the entire state under disaster emergency the following day. Dozens of tornadoes that touched down across the state were rated as significant—videos of cyclones circulated on social media, followed by images of the aftermath. The National Weather Service on Saturday declared tornado watches for about half of the state. Thousands across the state are still without power after the high winds, rain, and hail. Authorities said the southern towns of Sulphur and Marietta were hit particularly hard.

What kind of damage? Video footage shows mangled buildings, homes, and cars that are barely recognizable and surrounded by debris. Fallen trees and building materials litter roads and ditches. A Family Dollar distribution center was hit particularly hard, with drone footage showing jumbled boxes and merchandise inside a warehouse with missing walls and roof sections. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state Red Cross are providing food and temporary housing to survivors.

Christina Grube

Christina Grube is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute.

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