A violent tornado crossed Oklahoma in the United States on Wednesday evening. It caused significant material damage, particularly in Seminole. No injuries are to be deplored but more than 12,000 homes are without electricity.
A violent tornado hit the central United States on Wednesday evening, causing extensive property damage in Oklahoma. Several counties in the state were the subject of warnings as of Wednesday morning for high winds and tornadoes.
A tornado finally hit the state as early as Wednesday evening from 7 p.m. local time, 2 a.m. in France, affecting southeastern Oklahoma. This tornado was rated a 3 on a scale of 5 by the National Weather Service, winds blew up to 200 kilometers per hour and hail the size of a large golf ball fell.
Up to 75 cm of rain in one night
Severe thunderstorms also erupted in the region, lightning struck and up to 75 cm of rain fell in places in a few hours. The tornado left southern Oklahoma last night and is now moving up to the border with Texas, but has lost intensity, said the US weather service.
The town of Semonole, about 100 km southeast of Oklahoma City, the state capital, was the hardest hit by the tornado last night. Public buildings were ravaged by the winds and completely destroyed, but no injuries were reported.
The school building is devastated and the classrooms are no longer accessible, images from the News 9 channel report. All staff members are safe, says the local newspaper the Oklahomian, and the administration asks parents not to put their children in school this Thursday.
The Red Cross was deployed to help households in need, a shelter was opened just after the tornado hit.
12,400 homes without electricity
Other towns: Hughes, Lincoln, Pottawatomie, and Tusla were affected. 12,400 homes were left without power according to the Oklahoma Cooperation Commission, including more than 8,000 in the city of Semonole alone. Many flooded roads are still closed to traffic.
The national meteorological service still calls for the vigilance of the inhabitants, especially for floods. “If you have to go out tonight, be careful! Turn around and don’t venture there!”, writes the forecasting institute.