Forecasters warn of 'life threatening' storms
3 possible tornados reported in Oklahoma
- Duration 4:58
- Date Apr 14, 2012
3 possible tornados reported in Oklahoma
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-- we Begin with a dangerous weather conditions over much of the country right now three possible tornadoes have been reported in Oklahoma this morning.
But the National Weather Service says the worst may come this afternoon.
For only the second time in history the national weather storm prediction center.
Issues a high risk warning more than 24 hours in advance.
Mike Tobin is standing by live in Norman Oklahoma where a tornado touched down there late yesterday might.
-- The high puma we -- looking around Norman Oklahoma -- as you mentioned the tornado touched down yesterday and what we're seeing right now.
Is damage that isn't as extensive as we have seen from other -- tornadoes we can look outside of his vehicle.
Right now what you see a lot of the power crews trying to restore electricity see a lot of trees down.
You see a lot of homes that have had their roofs torn off now a viewer didn't catch video.
All of this funnel cloud as it descended on Norman Oklahoma at great risk to well to him or her -- It very dramatic video as a -- a funnel cloud touched down not.
That severe of a tornado particularly in this part of the country where people build their house is very strong so the kind of damage were -- things like -- parts of the roof.
That -- torn off about nineteen people were injured the hospital tells us those injuries were mostly bumps and bruises.
A tornadoes touched down in other parts of the the state we know what 1 AM yesterday a tornado touched down.
Around Oklahoma City.
-- this really is the undercard fight.
For what should prove to be a very dramatic day -- in this unique situation.
Where the meteorologists or be able to tell us that all of the ingredients are going into the cake next to kick up some wild storms -- very likely will kick up some very severe tornadoes.
So the people here in this area are told the B.
Whether -- where.
Meeting they need to stay close to their Smartphones they need to watch the weather maps they need to watch their local news in the local weather forecast -- close to a radio.
But most importantly.
Have a go bag ready and know where there's a sheltered that they can go to in this part of the country just like in Texas the houses are not built.
With basements they're built on slab foundations are built on pier and -- foundation.
Now because they have the solid brick construction the -- -- will stand up to an EF two or an EF three that type of tornado.
But they will not stand up to be EF fours and EF five to -- -- the emergency crews call -- scrapers when you see.
An area where an EF five has come through it really looks like the homes haven't been built yet.
All that's left is the foundation so the only way to survive is to somehow get -- what the people in this part of the country do you have.
Is is our storm shelters that they have built into the ground for a lot of people know that they've got a storm shelter.
Or a neighbor has a storm shelter and they've got to be prepared to get ready to get into those now for a bigger look at the forecast and how this is gonna hit all across the country.
Let's go to Maria Molina in the weather center.
My kids -- -- -- -- -- there and yeah we hope that everyone has taken this high risk for severe weather that has been issued for today very seriously is only the second time in history.
That has been issued this far in advance so we -- -- yesterday that areas.
Along the center of the country like Oklahoma where you are Kansas and Nebraska are going to see severe weather and you mentioned that some of those homes can sustain EF two -- EF three damage.
We could likely -- EF four an EF five tornado so again we hope that everyone takes this.
Where it's very seriously and has a plan and knows what to do when -- tornado warnings get issued.
As we head throughout the day today and we already are seeing some storms firing up a lot of sent -- a country we do have one tornado watch.
That has been issued for parts of central Kansas.
And also northwestern Oklahoma and this is not just any tornado watch but some.
Some of those long track.
Very violent tornadoes of EF four EF five strengths and that could last for several minutes to an hour and just continue move for miles on and so here you have some of those showers and storms -- -- -- -- fire up across parts.
Of western Kansas.
This particular watch -- -- in effect until 6 PM central daylight time so we're going to be looking out for any tornado warnings that get issued right now none artifact just severe thunderstorm warnings.
Because it's not just tornadoes that we're concerned about a very large size hail and very strong wind -- and the highest risk for today we'll start from Oklahoma.
Up into portions.
Of Nebraska and again this is very rare that we see a high risk advisory issued by the storm prediction center from the National Weather Service.
Make cities on the lineup here Oklahoma City -- -- and all hostile big population areas.
That will be looking at -- -- -- for us some very strong storms severe greens aren't place tomorrow we're talking not very warm moist air -- in this system.
The storm right now in the four corners it's gonna exit had eastward and we could be looking -- severe weather into the overnight hours.