3 Kids Among Dead in Tornado Strike

Tornadoes touched down just after midnight, earlier today

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Apr 15, 2012 6:02 AM CDT | Updated Apr 15, 2012 5:42 PM CDT

(Newser) – Officials say three children were among the five people killed when a tornado ripped through a northwest Oklahoma town early today and destroyed dozens of homes. It was one of a series of tornadoes that also struck Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska over the weekend, authorities said. Woodward Mayor Roscoe Hill said he didn't hear sirens before the tornado hit. The National Weather Service said the tornado struck at 12:18am. "We had a little tornado earlier .... and they blew all the sirens. When this one came in, our sirens weren't working. We didn't have a very good storm alert," he said.

Woodward was among the many communities in the nation's midsection under a "high-end, life-threatening event" that had been issued by the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. MSNBC reports that tornadoes are "most likely" to strike parts of Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin this evening, the National Weather service said. "Severe storms are also possible in a band from Illinois and Missouri southward into Arkansas, northwest Louisiana and east Texas," the service added.

Sara Shogren, left, is hugged by Zoey Patrick as friends sort through the rubble of the Patrick's home, Sunday, April 15, 2012, in Marquette, Kans.   (AP Photo/Salina Journal, Tom Dorsey)
Sara Shogren, left, is hugged by Zoey Patrick as friends sort through the rubble of the Patrick's home, Sunday, April 15, 2012, in Marquette, Kans.   (AP Photo/Salina Journal, Tom Dorsey)
A woman is framed in the doorway of a damaged home in Thurman, Iowa, Sunday, April 15, 2012.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Galen Zumbach (R) of Creston, Iowa begins the cleanup process with the help of neighbors and friends after his house was hit by a tornado April 15, 2012 in Creston, Iowa.   (Getty Images)
Gordon Beckett stands outside his home after a tornado moved through Woodward, Okla., Sunday, April 15, 2012.   (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Bryan Terry)
Two people survey damage following a tornado as residents begin the cleanup process April 15, 2012 in Creston, Iowa.   (Getty Images)
Neighbors and friends embrace while surveying the damage left behind by tornado April 15, 2012 in Creston, Iowa.   (Getty Images)
People examine the damage in the Oaklawn neighborhood in Wichita, Kan., on Sunday, April 15, 2012, caused by one of several tornadoes that hit the state on Saturday.   (AP Photo/Jeff Tuttle)
Ashley Hort carries her late grandfather's flag out after a tornado struck Woodward, Okla., Sunday, April 15, 2012.   (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Bryan Terry)
Pam, left, and Terry Nelson sort through items inside the home of Terry's mother after a tornado damaged the home in Woodward, Okla., Sunday, April 15, 2012.   (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Bryan Terry)
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