May 31, 2013

Tornados also reported in Missouri and Illinois. Lots of severe flooding and power outages. Check in with us in the comments, let us know you're okay:

Multiple tornadoes — one of them a mile-wide twister that killed a woman and her baby — touched down Friday night in the Oklahoma City area, just miles from where a monster tornado killed 24 people last week.

Oklahoma state Trooper Betsy Randolph said the woman and her baby were killed when the SUV they were in overturned on Interstate 40 near the western suburbs of El Reno and Yukon. No other details were immediately available.

Other multiple injuries were reported along Interstates 35 and 40, where at least three semi-trailer rigs were overturned after the biggest tornado touched down near El Reno, authorities said. With most of the area still hunkering down and warnings extending as far away as St. Louis, the extent of the damage was unclear, but authorities described it as extensive around El Reno and Yukon.

The tornado turned south from Oklahoma City toward the suburb of Moore, which was hit by a devastating twister on May 20 that killed 24 people and injured hundreds of others.

About 52,000 customers were without power, 12,000 of them in Moore, electric utilities reported.

A vehicle being used by Weather Channel personnel near El Reno was thrown 200 yards by the tornado, said Mike Bettes, a meteorologist for the station. Bettes and his crew weren't hurt, but the vehicle was destroyed.

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