Tulsa tornado injures about 30 people
TULSA — A tornado near midtown Tulsa early Sunday injured more than two dozen people, including two with life-threatening injuries, knocked out power to thousands of customers, heavily damaged businesses and blew debris through the streets.
No deaths were reported after the storm that struck shortly after 1 a.m., according to city spokesman Kim Meloy.
Emergency Medical Services Authority spokesman Kelli Bruer said the ambulance company transported 13 people to area hospitals — eight from a TGI Fridays restaurant, four from a Whataburger restaurant, and one person who was in the area.
St. Francis Hospital spokesman Lauren Landwerlin said about 30 people were treated at the hospital, including many taken by private vehicles.
The estimated 1-square-mile area remained blocked off Sunday while crews worked to remove the debris, Meloy said.
National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Teague said an EF2 tornado, with wind speeds of 111 to 135 miles per hour, touched down shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday and possibly two other, smaller tornadoes touched down later near Inola and Claremore, about 25 miles east and northeast of Tulsa.
A man stands near a damaged building after a storm moved through the area in Tulsa on Sunday.