Tornadoes kill 5, injure dozens in U.S. state of Oklahoma

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HOUSTON. April 16. KAZINFORM At least five people were killed and 29 others injured in Oklahoma as tornadoes raked the U.S. midwest states on Saturday and Sunday, officials said.

According to Xinhua,as the violent weather swept the region, tornadoes or high winds damaged a hospital, homes and cut off power for hundreds of thousands of households, and forecasters warned of more storms on Sunday.

The U.S. National Weather Service received 121 reports of possible tornado touchdowns Saturday and early Sunday in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa, according to CNN.

As the violent storm system could continue to hammer much of the region, CNN quoted a weather expert as reporting that the states in the "bull's-eye" for the most dangerous conditions Sunday will likely be Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

About 5 million residents from Wisconsin to Texas "need to be on guard," said CNN meteorologist Alexandra Steele.

Five people, including two children, died after a tornado touched down at about 12:18 a.m. Sunday in and around Woodward, a town about 140 miles northwest of Oklahoma city, the state's emergency officials said.

Woodward Mayor Roscoe Hill said 37 people were injured, some in critical condition.

A tornado warning siren that had sounded a day earlier failed to go off before Sunday's tornado, Hill said, adding that it's unclear if the storm damaged the warning system.

More than 8,000 people in the town were left without power.

Storms were also reported in Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. The storm system was accompanies by lightning, hail and heavy downpours.

In Iowa, a severe storm damaged the Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston Saturday evening. The hospital was evacuated and no serious injuries or fatalities have been reported.

In Kansas, Wichita was under a tornado emergency late Saturday as a large twister moved through south-central Kansas and threatened to destroy homes.

The U.S. weather service on Friday warned of "life-threatening " weather for the region over the weekend.

The tornado season in the United States started early this year. Tornadoes have caused over 50 deaths in the midwest and south states of the country since the beginning of this year.

Earlier this month, about a dozen of tornadoes battered Texas, wounding more than 10 people and causing widespread damage estimated at millions of U.S. dollars.

 

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