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Out on the phone with our continuing coverage of the storms that are just wreaking Havoc again across the midwest is David Barnes is a director for the Oklahoma.
Emergency management thank you very much for taking the time this evening.
To join us you -- it.
The first thing I want to get clarified from you if you are able to.
The number of deaths that have been confirmed in your state at this point.
Well in our area we -- still having.
To the town has confirmed we have not got any updated numbers from in other church rescue operation to continue west of the metro area.
In the El Reno -- area but we still have the -- is too.
Okay and David -- to that being the mother and baby who were reportedly killed.
Was -- along interstate forty that's correct.
OK can -- tell us a little bit about what happened there.
Well it's my understanding that they we're.
For whatever reason found themselves and it highway under actual tornado their political western road and western -- I've been and and I understand that that.
Was a big problem for a lot of people because this storm this tornado.
Hit during rush hour people were on I forty.
They were driving into the storm it appeared to just -- rain these rain -- tornadoes have people.
Didn't know they were driving right into a tornado they thought they were just driving -- -- heavy rain trying to get away from that.
Tell us about the situation on I forty at this point understanding there's probable cars tractor trailers -- have been overturned.
That's correct -- vehicles that are that are being.
And what you're saying is correct the -- perhaps situation.
Definitely complicated inefficient is being rush hour traffic.
Large amounts of traffic that can't leave the match off an area because the storms -- -- a training aspect on the storms themselves with multiple cells coming through.
Actually two entry tornado on the ground simultaneously.
Following -- -- on state.
Yeah David I know that this is part tornado Alley out there you're used to these storms are used to tornadoes you know how to deal with them.
Compare this the situation he dealt with tonight all of these tornadoes that once and so quickly with other situations that you've had to deal went.
Well we're not strangers the disaster situations spectacle on March 3 patient potentially declared disasters so natural disasters or something occurred -- -- It's by the spectacle out of coastal state or a very large -- competitively speaking.
But -- Oklahoma to very resilient our response.
Mechanism church trim strong -- on regional planning in spots capabilities.
Very bluntly take their visits -- difficult thing happened step detective neighbors detective.
We do quite well with these situations but awareness is a big issue is we have to be careful I'll become apathetic -- do that some less severe weather.
That when these events occur.
On quite well and in response -- -- quite strong have a great team effort.
Done and can you tell us about the situation on the ground right now what did you seen in terms of damage how widespread.
Is the damage so far that you've been able to say.
-- damaged compliment but actually extends about four maybe five different counties typically along interstate forty sound -- in -- state 35.
-- respecting same that was struck so hard just about a week ago.
Most of the damage is going to be.
From flooding situation right now -- also have a great deal of wind damage.
Actual tornado damage appears to be somewhat comparatively animal with the exception west.
-- -- -- -- -- We do have cracked Wes what warning now we're talking severe thunderstorm warning in Oklahoma county.
Not quite activity yet -- a tremendous amount of very large hail.
What about the situation in Moore Oklahoma where they EF five hit last Monday.
Well they've they get it again tonight.
Out of would have any additional tornadic damage have been in contact with the merchant manager down there and they have -- Power lines down I can't have a lot of tree damage again have hail flooding.
They are not experiencing additional tornado damage that I am aware of and so -- continued damage to cleanup -- restore from an offensive.
This discount compound -- that but again they continued its borders a lot of resources on the ground.
Resiliency to -- -- -- Any he was saying that word resilience and I have a couple friends that live there and Oklahoma.
I was able to get in touch with them tonight one of them.
Her mother was in Moore Oklahoma when the tornado hit.
Last week on Monday she happened to -- in Oklahoma City and the hospital tonight when the tornado hits.
You know there's a point where people just say enough is enough this is crazy and ridiculous.
And you know what -- -- all of these residences that are gonna wake up again tomorrow morning and deal with this damaged.
These deaths and injuries and now -- you dealing with flooding.
Well it's difficult to really explain a lot of bank that occurred on May occur but I think the key point that we're gonna focus on continue to focus on our ability to recover to help -- another.
-- People come out tomorrow some -- Whether it looks great well pick up cleanup store competitive board upon.
Wanna know that we need everyone to stay home tonight perhaps a little bit getting on the road is not a good proposition -- -- -- still.
-- severe thunderstorms in the area much of a great deal of flooding localized street boiling.
Flash flooding taken place that still a lot of -- out so people need to just stay put.
Didn't -- terms of retrieving all those vehicles on interstate forty.
How is that progressing and.
Well it's progressing quite well but we continue to to have traffic backups and and -- declared it low lying areas but now Obama our soldiers beat them well earlier this year very committed getting -- -- open.
Being able than those people that way clear of -- church quickly.
All right David Barnes is joining us from Oklahoma tonight thank you so much we really appreciate it.
-- we're going to be on the -- all night tonight so I'm sure we'll check back in with you for any updates thank you do.
You know -- and really struck.
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