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9 dead as twisters slam Oklahoma City area again

  • Friday’s storms killed 9 people in Oklahoma and at least 71 injured
  • Power knocked out to 212,000 customers across the Midwest
9 dead as twisters slam Oklahoma City area again

A frighteningly familiar sound haunted Oklahoma City on Friday -- the sound of tornado sirens.

Just 11 days after a massive EF-5 tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, the state felt the fury of five more twisters. The storms were not nearly as powerful as the May 20 tornado, but they were deadly. The medical examiner's office said Friday’s storms killed seven adults and two children and at least 71 people were hurt.

Seventeen tornadoes were reported in the Midwest Friday.  The storms brought heavy rains and widespread flooding that affected several states. Saturday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon confirmed three people drowned as a result of the flooding in the southern part of the state. Other areas near St. Louis saw more than 10 miles of damage and Gov. Nixon said “dozens and dozens of houses” were ripped apart. Fierce winds howled through Illinois, damaging more than 40 homes and ripping the roof off a school gym.

As of Sunday morning, approximately 65,000 are still without power in Missouri.

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