Communities left reeling across central US after another round of deadly severe weather decimates towns

by 24USATVMay 7, 2024, 2 p.m. 22
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BARNSDALL, Okla. – Residents in communities across the central U.S. are once again sifting through the debris of destroyed homes and businesses after severe weather and tornadoes ripped across the region from Monday night into Tuesday morning, leaving at least one person dead and causing catastrophic damage in a city north of Tulsa in Oklahoma.

A Tornado Emergency was issued for Osage County in Oklahoma when the National Weather Service said a "large and destructive tornado" that was causing catastrophic damage was moving toward Barnsdall.

Video from FOX Weather storm trackers showed significant damage to buildings in the area after the powerful storm moved through and made its way toward the community of Bartlesville.

Significant damage was also reported there, with Bartlesville officials saying in a Facebook post that first responders worked to rescue people who were trapped at a Hampton Inn. Major damage was also reported to medical facilities and in residential areas in northeast Bartlesville.

Osage County Emergency Management officials confirmed to FOX Weather that at least one person was killed when the tornado cut through Barnsdall.

In addition, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management said it received reports that 30-40 homes were damaged in town, and a natural gas leak was also reported.

Several roads also needed to be closed due to massive amounts of debris in roadways, and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol was reportedly helping with rescue efforts.

NIGHTTIME TORNADOES FAR MORE LIKELY TO TURN DEADLY THAN DAYTIME ONES

The town of Minden in Iowa, which was hit hard by a tornado during the late-April severe weather outbreak, appears to have been hit again on Monday night. According to a storm report from the National Weather Service, a tornado was reported a few miles northeast of town, with damage being reported to a home and power lines.

Damage and giant hail was also reported in Kansas, with utility poles being snapped by the severe weather near McPherson. Hail up to softball-sized was reported near the town of Dickenson.

Video recorded in Great Bend, Kansas, showed hail falling during severe thunderstorms that impacted the region on Monday.

In Nebraska, barns were also reportedly damaged near Pauline, and an outbuilding was damaged near Wymore.

MAY IS PEAK MONTH FOR TORNADOES IN US

Tens of thousands of power outages were also reported as the severe weather moved through. As of Tuesday morning, PowerOutage.us was reporting more than 14,000 outages in Oklahoma.

The powerful storms continued to move across the nation’s heartland overnight and into Tuesday, with large hail and damaging winds continuing to pound communities from Iowa through Missouri and into Arkansas.

The multiday severe weather threat is expected to continue on Tuesday and Wednesday as the storms march eastward across the U.S.

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