A 79 year old man was killed, and 21 were injured Sunday when tornadoes violently torn Oklahoma, Kansas, and Iowa ripping roofs off homes, tossing trees, and downing power lines, with Oklahoma and Kansas being the hardest hit. A tornado spotter estimated the funnel cloud to be about a half-mile wide.
One tornado touched down near Wellston, Oklahoma, taking out power lines and damaging several homes, according to video from CNN affiliate KFOR. The video also showed a number of damage near Wellston and near Carney, Oklahoma. Tornadoes were reported east of Dale, west of Paden, and near Prague in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for 16 counties.
At least four twisters hit Oklahoma, including one near the town of Shawnee, 35 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, that destroyed much of a mobile home park. Part of Interstate 40 in Shawnee, Oklahoma, was shut down in both directions Sunday night.
Presently, eleven patients were being treated at St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital in Shawnee, Oklahoma, said spokeswoman Carla Tollett. Ten will be released, and one remains in critical condition.
More tornadoes were spotted in Iowa, near Earlham, Huxley and east of Dallas Center, according to the weather service. The twisters are part of a severe weather outbreak that is sweeping through the region as storms move east.
Baseball-sized hail, wind gusts and tornadoes are threatening to pummel parts of the central Plains and Midwest through Monday.
Other areas beyond the Midwest, saw severe weather on Sunday. In Atlanta, serious flooding was reported amid storms producing heavy rainfall.
A dozen of counties in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri were placed under tornado watches and warnings that were, in effect, through late Sunday.
According to CNN meteorologist Melissa Le Fevre’s forecast for hard-hit Midwestern states for Monday, There will be a threat of strong storm in Oklahoma late afternoon with heavy rain occurring through the weekend. On Monday night, flooding could be a problem.
For Kansas, there will be showers and thunderstorms throughout the day that may lead to the need for flood warnings and watches.
On Monday afternoon, showers and thunderstorms are expected in Iowa with large hail. In Missouri, flooding is expected and afternoon storms could produce large hail. Storms will reorganize during the afternoon in St Louis with the possibility of tornadoes.
Written by: Janet Grace Ortigas