At Least 5 People, Including a Baby, Dead After Tornadoes Hit Oklahoma and Iowa

The tornadoes and heavy storms ravaged several states on April 26 and 27

<p>KOCO via AP</p> Crews clear debris caused by a tornado in Sulphur, Okla., on April 28


Crews clear debris caused by a tornado in Sulphur, Okla., on April 28

At least five people are dead, including a baby, after tornadoes ravaged parts of Oklahoma and Iowa on Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27.

Four deaths have been reported in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reported two deaths in Holdenville and one fatality on Interstate 35 near Marietta, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management confirmed in a statement.

The fourth Oklahoma death occurred in Sulphur, which Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced on Sunday, April 28, the statement added. At least 100 injuries have been reported throughout the state, including 30 falls, 25 cuts/pierces and 17 transportation-related injuries, among others.

One of the Holdenville victims was a 4-month-old baby, according to reports from The Washington Post and local station KOCO.

One more death was reported in Minden, Iowa, after a person died from injuries sustained on Friday, per Omaha ABC affiliate station KETV.

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<p>KOCO via AP</p>


The damage in many counties across the state is severe, with local authorities reporting power outages, power lines down, damages to homes, overflowing creeks, overturned vehicles and more.

“Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management is asking residents impacted by the storms to report damages to their property at,” the department wrote in a statement. “Reporting damage helps local and state emergency managers better coordinate response and recovery efforts.”

The town of Sulphur received some of the most severe damage, according to reports from Murray County Emergency Management, with Gov. Stitt declaring a State of Emergency in Murray and 11 other counties on April 28, according to FOX23.

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Brian McDaniel, the head of emergency management for Murray County, told the Post that a tornado touched down in Sulphur that caused “significant damage” and more than 30 injuries have been reported there.

“You just can't believe the destruction,” Stitt told AP. “It seems like every business downtown has been destroyed.”

Organizations such as Red Cross Oklahoma and Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief have opened reunification center and shelters, and they are expected to provide food assistance as well as to help clear debris across Sulphur, Holdenville, Marietta and other nearby towns.

The Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. said in a press release that around 24,000 customers are without power due to disruptions from the storms.

Stitt said in a video on X (formerly Twitter) that he will be visiting Sulphur and Holdenville, where crews are now working to clear debris and assess damage.

“My prayers are with those who lost loved ones as tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma last night,” Stitt added in a statement to KOCO. “Thank you to Oklahoma Emergency Management and those who have worked through the night to keep Oklahomans safe and have worked to clear debris and assess damage.”

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center has issued a Level 3 (out of 5) risk of severe weather for the still-progressing stretch of severe storms traveling east toward parts of Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, and a Level 2 risk has been issued for other parts of Texas and Missouri, per the Post.

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