At least four dead in US after dozens of tornadoes rip through Oklahoma

Hospitals across the state reported about 100 injuries, including people apparently struck by debris.

An aerial view of Sulphur after the tornadoes swept through. Some buildings are piles of rubble. Most are without a roof.
The town of Sulphur was badly damaged [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman/USA Today Network via Reuters]

At least four people were killed and dozens more injured after multiple tornadoes wreaked havoc in the central state of Oklahoma in the United States.

The tornadoes caused extensive damage in the town of Sulphur, home to about 5,000 people, flattened buildings, threw vehicles into the air and ripped the roofs from houses.

“You just can’t believe the destruction,” Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt said during a visit to the hard-hit town on Sunday afternoon. “It seems like every business downtown has been destroyed.”

A four-month-old baby was among the dead, Hughes County Emergency Management Director Mike Dockrey told Oklahoma television station KOCO.

An overturned car on a Sulphur street.
A car lies on its side after a tornado tossed it into the air [Ken Miller/AP]

Stitt said about 30 people were injured, including some who were in a bar when the tornado struck.

Hospitals across the state reported about 100 injuries, including people apparently cut or struck by debris, and more than 20,000 residents were still without electricity on Sunday evening.

Stitt issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in 12 counties due to the severe weather, while in a call with the Oklahoma governor, President Joe Biden offered the federal government’s full support with recovery efforts, the White House said in a statement.

The National Weather Service (NWS) reported that 38 possible tornadoes hit the area and that the worst of the storms rolled through Central Oklahoma on Saturday into early Sunday morning, spreading into northwest Texas, western Missouri and Kansas.

Source: News Agencies