Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska Devastated by Tornadoes

Charmaine Foraker looks out over the farmhouse she grew up in at her family's farmstead near Bentley, Kan., that was destroyed by a tornado Wednesday. (Photo: AP/Travis Heying, The Wichita Eagle)
Charmaine Foraker looks out over the farmhouse she grew up in at her family’s farmstead near Bentley, Kan., that was destroyed by a tornado Wednesday. (Photo: AP/Travis Heying, The Wichita Eagle)

Multiple tornadoes blasted portions of the central and southern Plains Wednesday, with storms in Oklahoma shutting down highways, delaying flights and sending debris flying.

Separate tornadoes hit central Kansas, central Oklahoma, and Nebraska, according to the National Weather Service. Late Wednesday night, tornado warnings also were issued for Southern Clay County, Bluegrove and Buffalo Springs, Texas, accordin to the weather agency.

There were multiple twisters in and around Oklahoma City, twice forcing temporary evacuation of the Will Rogers Airport. High water was reported near the airport late Wednesday night, according to Oklahoma City government. Officials said rising flood water was the main threat as rain continued.

Oklahoma City government issued a Tweet Wednesday night saying that a flash flood emergency, the first ever in the city, had been declared by the weather service. “Deadly and dangerous. Do not drive,” it said.

The government tweeted that there were reports of flooding at government buildings downtown, including police headquarters and municipal courts.

Forecasters declared a tornado emergency for Moore, Okla., where 24 people died in a storm two years ago, but Wednesday’s storm lacked the same punch as the 2013 storm. No injuries were reported; television video showed brick facades off some buildings but no widespread destruction.

There were no immediate reports of injuries. Weather forecasters said more storms were possible later in the week.

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Source: USA Today | Doyle Rice

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