In a devastating weekend, mother nature pounded the American midwest with dozens of tornadoes across four states on Saturday and Sunday, keeping storm chasers in their cars and sending local residents fleeing terrified for shelter.
Oklahoma in particular faced numerous tornadoes on Sunday afternoon into the evening, while people as far away as Kansas and Nebraska were still taking cover.
Radar images from news casts showed at least half of Oklahoma covered in bright red, signifying the most severe thunderstorms possible. Aerial footage in the wake of the storms appeared to show that “hundreds of homes have been damaged,” an anchor for KOCO.com said. One helicopter pilot estimated the swath of damage in Oklahoma to be up to “20 miles long.”
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