Thirteen dead after deadly tornado outbreak and flooding across Oklahoma
Kim Vanaken, left, consoles her sister Angela Coble, center, along with Amber Kelley while looking at what is left of Coble's house in El Reno, Oklahoma, on Saturday, June 1 (Image: CNN)
Digital writers theweathernetwork.com
Saturday, June 1, 2013, 4:36 PM - Severe weather in Central Oklahoma caused widespread damage and flooding in an already storm-battered region.
Emergency officials set out Saturday to assess damage from a series of violent storms and tornadoes that killed at least 13 people as it swept through Oklahoma City and its suburbs with tornadoes, large hail and heavy rain. More than 100 people were injured.
Muddy floodwaters stood several feet deep in the countryside surrounding the metro area.
Possible horrific situation developing here near OKC. Rain wrapped tornado has hit chasers south of El Reno
Torrential downpours followed for hours after the twisters moved east, and water damage was reported at the city's airport. The storms battered a state still reeling after the top-of-the-scale EF5 tornado that ripped through suburban Moore last month, killing 24 people and decimating neighbourhoods.
Water surged hood-high on many streets, snarling traffic at the worst possible time: Friday's evening commute. Even though several businesses closed early so employees could beat the storm home, highways were still clogged with motorists worried about a repeat of the chaos in Moore.
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