Terrible weather conditions across Oklahoma led to tornadoes ripping through parts of the Southern Plains on Monday in an outbreak of violent weather in which at least 5 people have been killed,tossed cars off highways, flipped mobile homes and sent baseball-size hail crashing through windshields across the southern Plains and also the Oklahoma City area.
Department of Emergency Management said two people died in Oklahoma City and three were killed in Cleveland County, just west of Tecumseh, Oklahoma.
The storms with winds up to 165 mph speed struck around 5 p.m. CT.
Rescue workers around Oklahoma were conducting house to house visits to confirm people were safe.
Emergency operation to clear away downed power lines, overturned cars, and snapped utility poles are in full swing, Oklahoma City Fire Chief Keith Bryant said.
At least 80 homes were damaged, and more than 31,000 were without power in the metro Oklahoma City area, according to city police.
In all, 13 counties bore the brunt of the devastating tornadoes.
The damage from the Oklahoma tornado is making it difficult for authorities to search.
“We have heavy fog (and) power lines down making it difficult to see all the hazards out there. We’ll wait for more sunshine to resume our search,” said Cecil Clay, the fire chief.