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Monday, May 20, 2013

Video of the Damage Caused by Tornadoes in Oklahoma and Kansas

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Raw footage of a tornado that killed one person and damaged more than 85 homes in Oklahoma, via KOCO-TV.

More severe weather is expected on Monday in the central United States after a large storm spawned at least two dozen tornadoes across Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa and Illinois on Sunday, according to local reports made to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City reported that a half-mile wide tornado killed at least one person, left more than two dozen injured, overturned tractor-trailers and leveled a mobile home park outside the city near Shawnee.

The television station uploaded several videos onto YouTube, including raw footage shared by viewers and its reports showing aerial views of the destruction in the aftermath of the storm.

KOCO-TV report with aerial footage of a mobile home park area devastated by a tornado on YouTube.
Raw video of an approaching twister near Shawnee, Okla., via KOCO-TV.
Chris Lee, a KOCO-TV photojournalist, captured a twister near Carney, Okla.

In Oklahoma, Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for 16 counties that were affected by tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding.

In Kansas, a tornado touched down in Viola, west of Wichita, and was spotted near Mid-Continent Airport on the city’s southwest side, knocking down power lines and destroying a handful of homes, according to The Wichita Eagle.

The National Weather Service reported that severe weather was possible on Monday in parts of northwest Arkansas, southeast Kansas, southern Missouri, central and eastern Oklahoma, and North Texas.

The forecast for Norman, Okla., from the National Weather Service: