TULSA, OK – One person was killed Wednesday when either a tornado or straight-line winds ripped through a mobile home community in Oklahoma, said Maj. Shannon Clark with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office.
“Right now, rescue efforts are continuing and officers are aiding the injured and helping those who need immediate medical care,” he said.
The damage happened at a park west of the city limits of Sand Springs, a suburb of Tulsa.
“We have very bad weather, so we will know more when daylight comes. It’s very tough conditions right now — very touch and go,” Clark said. “The conditions my people are working in right now are deplorable at best.”
Earlier, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Tulsa.
A confirmed, “extremely dangerous” tornado was spotted near Sand Springs, moving east at 45 mph, the weather service said. The tornado warning included downtown Tulsa.
Large, damaging hail the size of baseballs and hurricane-force winds were possible.
A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect for the area until late Wednesday night.
A tornado was spotted in Moore, said Sgt. Jeremy Lewis with the city’s police.
“We have about a two-mile square area with significant damage, mainly roofs off homes and downed trees. All the streets are blocked in that area. It’s an older section of Moore with bigger trees down. Our access is by foot,” he told CNN.
Lewis said a temporary hospital was treating patients with minor injuries. The original Moore Medical Center was destroyed two years ago in a tornado.