Tornadoes Rip Through the Great Plains

People look through rubble, Thursday, May 7, 2015, in an area damaged by severe weather in Oklahoma City.  (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

People look through rubble, Thursday, May 7, 2015, in an area damaged by severe weather in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP and NewsPop) — Communities in several southern Plains states set to work cleaning up Thursday after a night of storms that spawned 51 tornadoes throughout the area known as Tornado Alley.

Wednesday’s storms caused damage in Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska and Kansas Wednesday. Most twisters remained in rural areas, but a pair of storms struck the Oklahoma City area three hours apart. Heavy rains accompanying the twisters swamped the region, too, and one woman drowned after a storm shelter filled with water. Several people were injured.

The storms ripped apart homes, stripped siding and roofs from buildings and overturned cars.

Forecasters say more bad weather is possible in the same area Friday and Saturday. The likelihood of another round of storms so soon left some wondering whether they should wait to start cleaning up.

According to the U.S. government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), “Tornado Alley is a nickname given to an area in the southern plains of the central United States that consistently experiences a high frequency of tornadoes each year. Tornadoes in this region typically happen in late spring and occasionally the early fall.”

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