(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Less than two weeks after a massive tornado killed dozens of people in Moore, Okla., Oklahomans again were forced to flee violent weather that killed at least two people, flipped vehicles on interstate highways and mired cars in deep floods during rush hour.
The massive storm was blamed for the deaths of a mother and her baby near Interstate 40, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Betsy Randolph told ABC News.
“We know that the storm picked them up and swept them away,” Randolph said. “When the troopers found them, they were both deceased.
“We know that a mother and a child were killed tonight on I-40 in Canadian County,” Randolph said. “I cannot stress to you just how important it is that if people don’t have to be out, that they stay inside and seek shelter. … There’s just no safe place to be except underground when a tornado is present.”
The National Weather Service had issued a tornado emergency for the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, including Moore, which is south of Oklahoma City, amid the massive storm.
Gov. Mary Fallin told ABC News that there were power outages, flooding and flipped trucks on interstates amid apparent tornados, but the full extent of the damage was not immediately clear.
ABC News’ Ginger Zee reported seeing “multiple tornadoes with multiple vortices.”
ABC News affiliate KOCO in Oklahoma City reported that an apparent tornado had touched down near El Reno, Okla., and moved east toward Oklahoma City.
The latest storms hit less than two weeks after a tornado outbreak in Moore, Okla., killed 24 people, smashed hospitals and schools and caused widespread damage.
Moore City Manager Steve Eddy, driving around Moore after the storm, told ABC News Friday night he saw minor flooding, power outages, but he did not immediately see evidence of tornado activity.
Oklahoma City Police Emergency Management said it was in the early stages of assessing damage. They were helping motorists stranded by widespread flooding, but said there was no confirmed touchdown of a tornado in the city.
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