Tornado touches down in Oklahoma City area

EL RENO, Okla. - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a mother and child were killed as tornadoes moved through Oklahoma City.

Highway Patrol Trooper Betsy Randolph says troopers found the bodies near a vehicle along Intersate 40 west of the city Friday.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado emergency for the city's downtown, airport and several suburbs as the storm rolled through central Oklahoma.

Tornadoes slammed Oklahoma City and its suburbs, crumbling cars and tractor-trailers.

The broad storm hit during the evening rush hour, causing havoc on I-40, a major artery connecting suburbs east and west of the city.

To the south, winds approaching 80 mph were forecast for Moore, where a top-of-the-scale EF5 tornado killed 24 on May 20.

The SD Mystic fast-pitch softball club is currently in Oklahoma City for a tournament, 10News learned.

A coach told 10News by phone that the team is taking shelter in a hotel.

 

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