Watch: Dozens of massive tornadoes rip through midwestern states

By Stephen C. Webster
Sunday, May 19, 2013 19:29 EDT
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A tornado that hit Kansas on Saturday, May 18, 2013.
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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.

Live coverage from KOCO.com in Oklahoma City was observing wind speeds up to 160 miles per hour as of 6:21 p.m. CST, and preliminary reports on Twitter and from storm chasers cited hail the size of tennis balls.

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.”

The day prior a shocking total of 22 tornadoes touched down in Kansas and Nebraska, according to ABC News. To follow live updates from Oklahoma, Chaser TV has dozens of storm watchers with live-streaming cameras pointing at the skies over the state.

This video is from CNN affiliate KOCO.com, showing damage in the aftermath of Sunday’s tornadoes in Oklahoma.

This video is from ABC News, aired Sunday, May 19, 2013.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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