NORMAN, OK (WKOW) – At least five people were killed as severe weather swept through Oklahoma Monday night.
The storms spawned tornadoes in Oklahoma and Kansas. Forecasters had been predicting the system since last week.
In Oklahoma City, a young boy died after he was hit by debris in his home. Another man was killed when his recreational vehicle flipped over on top of him. Three others were killed south of Oklahoma City in Cleveland County.
Authorities closed Interstate 40 during the storms. Traffic was backed up for miles.
The most serious damage in Kansas was reported in Belmont, which is east of Topeka. Several homes were damaged and many homes had their power knocked out. No injuries were reported.
TECUMSEH, Okla. (AP) -- Four people have been killed in Oklahoma during an outbreak of violent weather that dropped tornadoes across parts of the Southern Plains.
The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management said three people were killed at Tecumseh on Monday and that another person died at Oklahoma City. Tecumseh is about 45 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.
The agency did not have any additional details.
The storms caused traffic accidents that closed two major cross-country interstates. Damage was reported throughout much of northern, central and eastern Oklahoma.
The Storm Prediction Center at Norman had predicted the outbreak, saying the atmosphere had the right mix of winds, heat and moisture.