20 dead in
The Associated Press, May. 11, 2008
A tornado ripped through a 20-block swath of Picher late Saturday afternoon, killing at least seven people. The same storm system then moved into southwest
On Sunday, storms rumbled across
Georgia Power officials say at least 80,000 residents are without electricity across the state, mostly concentrated in the metro
"We've seen homes that were completely leveled to the foundation," Brown said. "In a few of these homes you would have had to be subterranean to survive."
Ottawa County Emergency Manager Frank Geasland said dozens of people were injured, some seriously.
"Trees are toppled over, ripped apart," he said. "There are cars thrown everywhere. It looks like a bomb went off, pretty much."
Brown said 32 people were transported to
Many families have moved away from Picher to escape the lead pollution left by mining operations. The town's population has dwindled from a peak of roughly 20,000 to about 800 people.
Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry issued a statement saying a major emergency response was under way. He planned to visit the area Sunday.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Picher and all of the other
At least 12 people were killed after severe storms spawned tornadoes and high winds across sections of southwestern
"They're going over the hard-hit area and turning over everything and looking," SEMA spokeswoman Susie Stonner said of emergency workers' search for victims and assessment of damage. "It's hard to do in the dark."
The number of injuries across the area was not immediately available, though The Joplin (
Television footage showed some destroyed outbuildings and damaged homes west of
"These are rural areas that we are in," Pittsburg County Undersheriff Richard Sexton told KFOR-TV in
The storms remained active into the night as they swept eastward, with watches and warnings abundant across a wide swath of the Plains and South.
Rescuers freed a man trapped in his vehicle in western
Tornadoes killed 13 people in
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