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65-year-old man dies as Oklahoma City grapples with flooding after tornadoes

By Arturo Garcia
Saturday, June 1, 2013 21:06 EDT
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Oklahoma City confronts heavy flooding after tornadoes. Image via KFOR-TV.
 
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A 65-year-old man died Saturday after driving his car off of a bridge amid heavy flooding in Oklahoma City caused by the May 31 storms that washed through the region, bringing not only tornadoes but torrential rainfall.

The Oklahoman reported that the victim, identified by local law enforcement as James Talbert, was reported missing after never making it to work on Saturday. His vehicle was found at 7 a.m., while his body was found Saturday afternoon.

According to KFOR-TV, more than 90 residents have been treated for injuries in the wake of the storms, which killed at least nine other people on Friday. NBC News reported that the body of a 4-year-old girl swept away by floodwaters was also found, but it was not clear whether she was part of the initial group of victims.

Weather trackers reported seeing two separate tornadoes on the ground at times during the evening, as the region was battered by another round of storms less than two weeks after another tornado leveled the nearby town of Moore, Oklahoma.

At least 80,000 people were still without power as of Saturday evening, including 78,000 in the Oklahoma City metro region.

Watch KFOR’s report on the damage, aired Saturday, below.

The Oklahoman also posted time-lapsed footage of the storm making its way through Oklahoma City, which can be seen below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
 
 
 
 
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