One person is in critical condition and seven others were injured after a tornado swept through eastern Oklahoma on Wednesday night. Tulsa, Oklahoma was battered by multiple tornadoes.
The tornado was moving east at the rate of 25 mph and the hail is up to 1.75 inches in diameter.
Laura O’Leary, who is with the Oklahoma Emergency Medical Services Authority, told CNN that seven people were hospitalised in greater Tulsa area. She also reported that one person is in critical condition.
National Weather Service office in Tulsa, tweeted, “Likely tornado on the ground between 66 and I-44 between Verdigris, Claremore moving ENE. Take cover immediately!”
A meteorologist, Amy Jankowski said that there were reports of wreckage being shot up into the air by the tornado.
Reportedly, there were tornado watches in parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee until 3 am Central Time.
Jennifer Grey, the CNN’s meteorologist, has predicted that the severe weather conditions would shift east on Friday.
The authorities are evaluating the damage that included several homes. The streets in northern Tulsa are blocked due to the damage. There are also reports of downed power lines north of downtown Tulsa. Trees are also downed.
The authorities informed that police and firefighters are surveying the city. The streets and water departments are assisting with rubble removal and barricading the roads, reported Vision Tulsa.
Members of a prayer group in Bethel Seventh Day Adventist Church at 46th Street North and Peoria were counting their blessings while the tornado ripped off the church roof, as stated by Vision Tulsa. Around 8 people were participating in the prayer. Luckily, all of them were unhurt.
The pastor said, “We were huddled right in here. We were just all balled up in a ball here and praying. Everything blew in around us, but we were good. None of us even has a scratch on us.”
A recent study conducted by the scientists of US showed that the number of tornadoes in the United States has increased in the last 10 years.