May is prime tornado season for Oklahoma but last night’s storms were one for the record books. Storms started firing in western Oklahoma early afternoon with a brief tornado touchdown in Caddo County at around 2:50 p.m.
Several tornadoes ended up touching down throughout the day. At least 52 people were injured and this morning it was reported that one woman was found dead in a storm shelter, it’s believed that she drowned.
The strangest story to come out of the storm happened when a tornado hit Tiger Safari in Tuttle. Exotic animals were briefly thought to be on the loose and people were told to stay indoors. Thankfully, all of the animals were okay and had not escaped.
The flooding has made clean up more difficult and there is a risk of more severe weather today. And a moderate risk weather alert has been issued for Saturday. It’s rare to see these alerts so far in advance. Oklahomans are urged to have an emergency plan ready and to be prepared for the next several days of severe weather.
If you would like to help the recovery efforts in Oklahoma, please donate to the American Red Cross.