Two Dead as 23 Tornadoes Wreak Havoc Across Five States
Severe weather ravaged several central states, destroying homes, farms, and lives.
While the Oklahoma counties of Garvin, Johnston, and Pottawatomie were the hardest hit, the Storm Prediction Center reported that storms spawned 23 tornados across five states on May 9.
There were more than 90 reports of hail, and in Lincoln, Neb., hailstones reached the size of baseballs.
Two individuals have been confirmed dead in Oklahoma. Chester Barnes of Garvin County and Jackie Brooks of Johnston County were found dead after tornados destroyed their rural homes. Both men were 76-years-old.
According to KFOR, seven homes were destroyed and four were severely damaged in Garvin County. The first reports of a tornado were in Garvin County after 4 p.m., Central Time.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol closed Interstate 35 between Oklahoma City and Dallas Texas for 15 minutes to allow the tornado to pass.
Holy mother of God!! pic.twitter.com/bgxdVTY5Ci
— Mike Olbinski (@MikeOlbinski) May 9, 2016
In Cass County, Nebraska, Robin Stoll, 76, clung to a tree to while a tornado passed through after he was unable to make it to the basement. Stoll survived with minor injuries and bruising.
EARLIER: Incredible intercept near Wynnewood, OK. Targeting new cell. Will post full video later tonight/tomorrow pic.twitter.com/xnRPxhHu2F
— Tornado Trackers (@tornadotrackers) May 9, 2016
On May 10, the severe weather is set to move east toward Ohio and Tennessee, with the possibility of hail, strong winds, and tornadoes.
On the same day, another system is due to pass through northern and central Texas, including the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
According to CNN, storm chasers reported that one tornado spanned a mile wide at one point.