Mother, child among 5 killed in Oklahoma tornadoes

Agence France-Presse
Tornadoes killed at least 5 people in Oklahoma near the battered city of Moore, which was hit by a twister less than two weeks ago

CHICAGO, United States – Tornadoes killed at least 5 people and wreaked massive damage late Friday in Oklahoma near the battered city of Moore, still recovering from a monster twister less than two weeks ago.

The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the death toll, but said it had no further details on the victims.

But Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokeswoman Betsy Randolph told NBC television affiliate KFOR a mother and her baby were killed as they traveled in their car on Interstate 40 near Oklahoma City.

Several people were also injured after a number of crashes and overturned vehicles, including semi-trailers and trailers, she added. One main thoroughfare, Interstate 40, was shut down temporarily, the highway patrol announced online.

“It is a heartbreaking situation,” Randolph said.

Weather forecasters lifted an emergency for parts of the tornado-prone midwestern state, though flash flood warnings, severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado watches remained in place.

National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma urged people to stay off the roads.

It forecast more severe weather Saturday, with the Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys set to receive the bulk of the storms.

Reports said five twisters had struck the area around Oklahoma City, with winds of up to 90 miles (145 kilometers) per hour, accompanied by very large hail. –

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