Tulsa tor­nado in­jures about 30 peo­ple

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

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.

AP/Tulsa World/TOM GIL­BERT

A man stands near a dam­aged build­ing after a storm moved through the area in Tulsa on Sun­day.

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