One killed in Elk City tornado

The Associated Press - May 17, 2017 9:49 am

Meteorologists say preliminary indications show eight tornadoes swept through western Oklahoma, leaving one person dead and destroying at least 40 homes Tuesday.

National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Smith says two supercells began in the Texas Panhandle on Tuesday then moved into Oklahoma.

Smith said Wednesday that it appears the most damaging tornado was on the ground for five to 10 miles in the area of Elk City, Oklahoma.

Danny Ringer, chaplain with the Elk City Fire Department, says that tornado killed 53-year-old Bo Mikles. Authorities say it appears he was fleeing his home when his vehicle was thrown several hundred feet.

Ringer told KOCO-TV another 50 to 75 homes sustained heavy damage.

Smith says another round of severe storms is forecast Thursday and Friday, with more tornadoes possible.

He says hail larger than softballs fell Tuesday.

 

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