Deadly Tornadoes Hit Oklahoma City Metro Area

Updated: A violent storm formed west of Oklahoma City late Friday afternoon and produced several tornadoes that left at least eighteen people dead, officials said. A Weather Channel employee is among the injured.

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Officials began Saturday to assess the damage caused by the latest deadly tornadoes to strike the Oklahoma City area in less than two weeks.

The Associated Press reported that nine people were reported killed, including a mother and baby found in a vehicle. A spokeswoman for the state medical examiner, Amy Elliott, told the AP early Saturday that she had no immediate word of additional fatalities. About 50 people were hurt, five critically, hospital officials said.

According to Oklahoma City television station, KFOR, Friday’s storm brought with severe flooding, dumping around seven inches of rain on the city. Thousands remain without power.

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Video posted to YouTube appears to show the tornado near Union City, Oklahoma on Friday evening.

Video posted to YouTube by Reed Timmer shows a violent wedge tornado Friday near El Reno, Oklahoma.

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11. Damage reported from tornado near Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says motorists have been hurt in a storm that hit the Oklahoma City area and that others are missing. The National Weather Service issued a tornado emergency for the city’s downtown, airport and several suburbs as the storm rolled through central Oklahoma.

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29. Update: Weather Channel Vehicle Thrown in Storm

Mike Bettes, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel, was reported injured after the “tornado hunt” SUV that he and two photographers were riding in was thrown 200 yards by a twister in Oklahoma.

It’s the first time one of the network’s personalities has been injured while covering violent weather, spokeswoman Shirley Powell told the AP.

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