Update: Saturday, June 1, 2013, 11:01 a.m.
Nine people have died in the Oklahoma City area after a violent burst of tornadoes and thunderstorms overnight.
Amy Elliott with the state Medical Examiner's Office said Saturday morning that nine fatalities have been confirmed, including two children and seven adults. The previous overall total was seven deaths.
Hospital officials said at least 75 people were hurt during Friday night storms that hit at rush hour.
Update: Saturday, June 1, 2013, 10:43 a.m.
A hospital official in Oklahoma City says more than 75 people were injured during a burst of severe storms and tornadoes on Friday night.
Integris spokeswoman Brooke Cayot said Saturday that the hospital chain had treated 77 people. One remains in critical condition.
Five people died during the storm, which struck the Oklahoma City area during rush hour, trapping many people in their cars along Interstate 40.
The National Weather Service reported Friday evening that “several” tornadoes rolled across the prairie. The official number of tornadoes has not yet been determined.
The area is experiencing flooding in the wake of Friday's storms. Aerial images show muddy water covering roadways around Oklahoma City and El Reno, about 30 miles west of Oklahoma City.
National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Smith said Saturday that parts of the Oklahoma City area received 8 inches of rain overnight.
The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office said Saturday in a news release that several areas are flooded and that deputies helped with more than 10 high-water rescues overnight. The sheriff's office is also searching for a man whose vehicle was found washed off the road.
Update: Saturday, June 1, 2013, 3:45 a.m.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma's medical examiner's office says a tornado outbreak in the Oklahoma City suburbs killed five people.
A number of tornadoes touched down west and southeast of Oklahoma City during the Friday afternoon rush hour. The dead include a mother and baby found near Union City and another person at El Reno.
Hospitals in the area say dozens of people were hurt, five critically.
Friday's tornadoes struck an area north and northwest of Moore, where a top-of-the-scale EF5 tornado killed 24 people last week.
Friday, March 31, 2013
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 Interstate 40 west of the city Friday.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says motorists have been hurt in a storm that hit the Oklahoma City area and that others are missing. The National Weather Service issued a tornado emergency for the city's downtown, airport and several suburbs as the storm rolled through central Oklahoma.
Randolph said numerous vehicles were damaged in the storm and that many motorists are stranded. The Highway Patrol is urging motorists to get off Interstate 40 and drive to the south. A tornado touched down near El Reno and the storm moved to the east, toward Oklahoma City.
Television cameras carrying the storm on statewide television showed debris in the air.
A storm last week killed 24 at Moore, on Oklahoma City's south side. Friday's storm is north of Moore. Forecasters said winds could top 80 mph when they move through Friday night.
A supercell thunderstorm produced a number of tornadoes as it hit suburbs west and east of Oklahoma City for several hours Friday afternoon. Moore wasn't hit in the main wave, but winds and rain moved toward the community just before sunset.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado emergency for the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.
Weather service forecaster Daryl Williams says the emergency issued Friday evening includes Oklahoma City and some suburbs. The weather service issues an emergency if a storm with tornadoes is heading toward large metropolitan area.
The warning covered Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. The airport's website says passengers have been moved to underground tunnels and no flights are arriving or departing.