Deadly tornado in Oklahoma due to sever weather.

A deadly tornado in Oklahoma caused the death of several people on April 22nd. This was one of nine tornados that were being suspected by The National Weather Service. This disaster was part of severe outbreaks in the weather of the region. The tornado also caused a minimum of seven deaths.

Effects of the tornado in Oklahoma.

The town Madill in Marshall County suffered serious damage. A trailer factory worker got killed when the tornado broke. The workers of the factory were leaving for the day when the tornado struck. The worker’s body appeared a quarter of a mile from J&I Manufacturing where he was employed. According to information provided to Fox news by the Emergency management department of the County

No electricity after the event.

Another person got killed while driving. The man (Aged 46) died after the tornado blew his car off the highway. The vehicle appeared in a close-by field.

According to reports, the deadly tornado wrecked at least 12 houses, powerlines (7100 people were affected with no electricity), and local business in the area, as reported by FOX25.

Deadly tornado caught on camera.

Videos on YouTube show the deadly tornado upfront as it tore down structures and tossed the remains in the air. The previously mentioned trailer manufacturer company and another one by the name Oklahoma Steel and Wire were affected; they are also two of the most significant sources of employment in the area.

Deadly tornado
Tornado caught on camera

Texas and Louisiana also affected by deadly tornados

Near the city of Houston, Texas, the Onalaska town located in Polk County also got hit by the severe weather. The deadly tornado killed three people there and another 30 are injured. The tornado also knocked trees down, damaged power lines; and tens of mobile homes. The county of San Jacinto also suffered damages.

The National Weather Service said through its Storm Prediction Center that there were preliminary reports of about 26 tornadoes that day across the Southwest region of the US. In addition, they said that this number will probably increase as the severe weather moves to the east.

Louisiana also was affected. One woman died in the town of Woodworth where the severe weather passed. The nearby Louisiana State University of Alexandria also experienced some structural damage and power loss in the storms. And another man drowned after falling accidentally in the floodwaters in the DeSoto parish

Other possible affected areas.

Other possibly affected areas will be Alabama and Mississippi, across Georgia and Florida, and finally North and South Carolina.

The expected effects of the severe weather strike are strong and damaging wind, large tornadoes, and also flash flooding. These are most likely to hit late in the afternoon and at night.

The response to the tornado affected by lockdown order.

The response to these natural disasters is also shaped by the response to coronavirus. While officials used to tour the sites with the Emergency Management department, they must now ask them for the information, then go on their own and do it while keeping a safe distance when sorting out the damage from the deadly tornado.

Overall damage

Over one hundred thousand houses were left with no electrical power across the country. In early April authorities reported that 26 people died in the same region due to flooding and tornados. This year’s death toll due to tornadoes surpassed the highest record in 2011 as reported by the Washington Post. Currently counting 74 deaths.

The previous tornadoes in the region were on April 12. They passed through Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. Also, severe storms affected areas of Alabama and Georgia

Top 5 states where tornados hit more frequently in the US.

Tornadoes born from thunderstorms. They cause large scale devastation. Rip homes apart, and also toss heavy things in the air like feathers.

Deadly tornado in Oklaoma
Damage caused by a tornado in Oklahoma.

Tornadoes appear at any season. However, twisters in different parts of the country occur at particular times. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. An average of 1200 tornadoes strikes the US soil. More than any other country!

The US tornado season spreads from late in the winter through the middle of the summer season. For the Southern Plains, the peak occurs from May to June. The Northern Plains have tornadoes mostly during June or July. And the regions on the Gulf in the early days of the spring.

How strong are tornadoes

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say that certain areas of the country are more susceptible to experience such deadly tornadoes than other regions. Latitudes around 30 to 50 degrees north or south have the most advantageous environment for tornadoes to develop.

Cold air plus warm air makes a big mess.

The reason, of course, is that in those latitudes the cold polar air crashes against the warm air from the subtropics. They generate convective precipitation along the collision boundaries. Furthermore the air in these latitudes, according to the agency flows at different rates and in different directions making the development of rotations inside a storm cell easier.

With climate change is only natural that these patterns vary. The difference in temperatures throughout the seasons makes them more unpredictable.

The number of tornadoes on average in top 5 states in the U.S. (NOAA)

According to The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the following states saw the highest annual tornado rate from the 1991 and 2010 period.

The First place belongs to Texas. Since it average of 155 tornadoes a year, this state beats by far the rest of the others on the list. In second place we have Kansas with 96 and third is Florida with 66 tornadoes a year on average.

The fourth and fifth place belongs to Oklahoma and Nebraska with 62 and 57 average tornadoes a year on average respectively.

What to do when a tornado appears?

Tornadoes often appear with very little notice. The tornado season usually spans from March to June but they may appear at any time. The first thing to do, in this case, is trying to get to a safe place assuming that we have that much time. Because of the short notice planning beforehand and quick response are essential when it comes to life and death decisions.

Tornado in Texas
Houses wrecked by a tornado in Texas

Planning ahead of a tornado

  • Carry out tornado simulations each season.
  • Designate a shelter area at home. Make sure everyone at the house now how to get there and practice how to get there in response to a tornado threat.
  • Make sure everyone at home understands the difference “tornado watch” and a “tornado warning.”
  • Reach out to your local emergency management department for more information on tornadoes and other natural disasters.
  • If you live in a mobile house look for shelter in a building with a strong foundation. If there is none nearby dig a ditch to lie down in an area that is on a low level a safe distance from the mobile unit. Mobile houses are not safe during a tornado.

Mitigation measures.

These measures consist of actions to prevent an emergency, reduce the probability of an emergency situation, and also lessen the negative impact of emergencies that are unavoidable. To begin, consult local building codes and ordinances to enhance building resistance against natural disasters. Again, contact your local emergency management office.

Make sure to have these items at hand.

• Flashlight and extra batteries
• Portable radio, battery operated and extra batteries
• First aid kit and manual
• Emergency food and water
• Non-electric can opener
• Essential drugs
• Cash and credit cards
• Sturdy shoes

Make sure also to create a communication plan in case family members get separated during an emergency. If possible, ask an out of state family member or friend to act as the family contact. Everyone in the family should know the name, address, and phone number of the contact person.

Tornado Watch and Warnings

National Weather Service issue a tornado watch when there is a possibility of tornadoes in your area. Stay alert for storms ahead. During this period remind family members the safest shelters at the house and remind them to listen to the radio and television to find out the news.
The issue of a tornado warning is when a tornado has been sighted or after a weather radar indicates the presence of one.

Warning signs of a tornado

It is very important to learn to identify these warning signs:

• An oncoming cloud of debris can mark the location of a tornado, even if the funnel is not visible.
• Before a tornado is triggered, the wind can die down and the air becomes very still.

Tornadoes typically occur near the trailing edge of a thunderstorm. It is not uncommon to see clear, sunlit skies behind a tornado.

What to do during a tornado?

If you are at home:
• If you have a safe room or adapted shelter go there immediately.
• Go immediately to an interior room, without windows; a basement, or the lowest level of the building.
• Stay away from windows.
• Get under a sturdy piece of furniture, such as a workbench, table, or heavy desk, and hold onto it.
• Use your arms to protect your head and neck.
• If you are in a mobile home, go outside and seek shelter somewhere else.

If you are at work or school:
• Go to the designated area on your tornado plan.
• Avoid places with wide ceilings, such as auditoriums, coffee shops, long hallways, or shopping malls.
• Get under a sturdy piece of furniture, such as a workbench, table, or heavy desk, and hold onto it.
• Use your arms to protect your head and neck.

What to do in extreme cases?

If you are out in the open:
• If possible, enter a building.
• If there is no shelter nearby or you do not have time to shelter indoors, lie down in a ditch or area that is on a low level or squat near a strong building. Watch out for the possibility of a flood.
• Use your arms to protect your head and neck.

If you are in a car

• Never try to beat a tornado by driving in a car or truck.
• Get out of the car immediately and seek shelter in a building Close service.
• If you do not have time to shelter indoors, get out of the car and lie down in a ditch or area that is on a low level, away from the vehicle. Watch out for the possibility of a flood.

After the emergency passes.

• Help injured or trapped people.
• Provide first aid when necessary.
• Do not try to move seriously injured people unless they are in immediate danger of further injury.
• Ask for help.
• If you smell gas, do not turn on any appliance or switch. This includes using phones, flashlights, or a cell phone.
• Turn on the radio or television to hear the latest emergency information.
• Stay away from damaged buildings. Return home only when authorities say there is no danger.
• Use the phone only to make emergency calls.
• Clean up spills of medications, bleach, gasoline, or other flammable liquids immediately. Leave the building if you smell gas or chemical fumes.
• Take photographs of the damage, both of the house and its contents, for insurance purposes.

Remember also to help your neighbors who may require special assistance: young children, the elderly and people with disabilities

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