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1 Killed as Severe Weather Pounds Oklahoma



    Sun came up Thursday to reveal the damage caused by severe storms that spawned a tornado in Moore. (Published Thursday, March 26, 2015)

    The slow start to the nation's tornado season came to a violent end Wednesday, when tornadoes raked through Oklahoma during its evening rush hour, killing one person near Tulsa and injuring others.

    Tornado Strikes Oklahoma Town, Killing 1Tornado Strikes Oklahoma Town, Killing 1A small tornado strikes Moore, Oklahoma, Wednesday, leaving one dead, an unknown number injured and thousands without power. (Published Thursday, March 26, 2015)

    One person was killed in a mobile home park near suburban Sand Springs that was nearly destroyed Wednesday amid severe weather, Tulsa County Sheriff's Capt. Billy McKelvey said.

    Tornado Leaves Damage in Moore, OklahomaTornado Leaves Damage in Moore, OklahomaA small tornado swept across parts of Moore, Okla., the same Oklahoma City suburb where 24 people died in an EF5 tornado in 2013. (Published Wednesday, March 25, 2015)

    It wasn't yet clear whether it were a tornado or straight-line winds that hit the park, which McKelvey said could accommodate 40 to 50 trailers. McKelvey couldn't say exactly how many people were hurt, but said there were multiple injuries.

    "It could have been much worse," he said.

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    Tornadoes were seen elsewhere in Oklahoma, as well as in Arkansas, but no injuries were reported from those.

    A small tornado swept across parts of Moore, an Oklahoma City suburb where 24 people died in a top-of-the-scale EF5 tornado in 2013. Other twisters formed along a line from southwest of Oklahoma City to east of Tulsa, and some touched down in the Ozark Mountains of northwestern Arkansas.

    VIDEO: Storms in TulsaVIDEO: Storms in TulsaA time lapse video from the tower cam at NBC affiliate KJRH in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Severe storms, which spawned a tornado, blew into Tulsa County, Oklahoma Wednesday evening. (Published Wednesday, March 25, 2015)

    Until Tuesday, when a waterspout formed over an Arkansas lake, the U.S. hadn't had a tornado in more than a month.

    Television video Wednesday evening showed roof damage in a Moore neighborhood — the Moore storm two years ago scraped lots to their foundations. A glass door at the Tulsa building that houses the National Weather Service office was smashed, and several cars in the parking lot lost their windows.

    OK Tornado DamageOK Tornado DamageViolent winds from the first tornado of the season have caused major damage and one death in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. (Published Thursday, March 26, 2015)

    Don Ruffin said he and a neighbor were at a convenience store in far southeast Moore when he saw the tornado approaching.

    "I don't know how close it was to us, but it looked like it was coming toward us, and so we didn't take any chances," Ruffin said. "We got in our vehicles, ran home and got in our shelters."

    Spring Storm Spawns OK TornadoesSpring Storm Spawns OK TornadoesAt least one person is dead after a series of small tornadoes swept from Oklahoma City to Tulsa, including one that touched down in Moore. (Published Wednesday, March 25, 2015)

    Ruffin said after the storm passed, there were some fences knocked down and "patio furniture thrown everywhere."

    Electric companies reported 27,000 homes and businesses were without power in the Oklahoma City area and 28,500 had lost power in Tulsa County. As of 6 a.m. Thursday, more than 20,000 Oklahoma customers remained without power.

    The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said an overturned tractor-trailer had snarled traffic in both directions on Interstate 35, a major north-south route.

    "Those troopers are working their guts out there right now," Lt. John Vincent said.

    VIDEO: Storms in MooreVIDEO: Storms in MooreA possible tornado caused serious electrical problems in Moore, Oklahoma Wednesday night. Sparking electrical lines lit up the night as the severe weather moved through the area. (Published Wednesday, March 25, 2015)

    The tornado season usually ramps up for parts of the U.S. in March, but weather patterns funneled cold air into much of the country, depriving the atmosphere of the warm, moist air necessary to form bad storms for most of the month.

    That all changed this week. Southerly winds pushed temperatures into the 70s and 80s across the Ozarks and Southern Plains, while weather fronts churned the air into Wednesday's storms.

    OK Tornado Caught on CameraOK Tornado Caught on CameraDrivers recorded video as a massive tornado ripped through Sand Springs, Oklahoma Wednesday evening. One death has been reported in the area. (Published Thursday, March 26, 2015)

    Meteorologist Jeff Hood in Little Rock said a weak waterspout tornado briefly touched down in Bull Shoals Lake in Marion County in northwest Arkansas on Tuesday night. He said it will likely be classified an EF0 — the weakest tornado with wind speeds of 65 to 85 mph. A waterspout forms over water. The tornado never made it onto land, and there were no reports of damage.

    Moore Storm Chaser VideoMoore Storm Chaser VideoStorm chasers in Moore, Oklahoma survey the damage after a possible tornado ripped through the city Wednesday night. (Published Thursday, March 26, 2015)

    "This will be the `tornado' that breaks the drought for March," Greg Carbin, warning coordination meteorologist for the Storm Prediction Center, said before Wednesday's storms hit.

    Before this week, only about two-dozen twisters had been recorded this year during a period when about 120 are typical. The last time the U.S. had no twisters in March was nearly 50 years ago, according to figures from the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

    OK Tornado Caught on CameraOK Tornado Caught on CameraDrivers recorded video as a massive tornado ripped through Sand Springs, Oklahoma Wednesday evening. One death has been reported in the area. (Published Thursday, March 26, 2015)

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