Storms Kill 4 in Oklahoma; Twister Strikes New York City

Family's trailer flung 100 yards in Nowata County

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Sep 8, 2012 2:34 PM CDT

(Newser) – Fierce thunderstorms with strong winds tore through Oklahoma, killing a truck driver and a family whose mobile home was flipped into a creek. One storm rolled in so fast, a couple in Nowata County had no time to reach a storm shelter on their property before wind picked up their mobile home, carried it about 100 yards and dropped the wreckage into a creek, sheriff's deputy Rick Harper said today. The mobile home "basically disintegrated," he said, and the couple and their grandchild were killed. Their bodies were found in the water after a two-hour search.

Missouri truck driver Jimmy King, 70, also was killed when wind flipped his semi onto a cement barrier wall, trapping him inside for nearly three hours near Afton in Ottawa County. In other storm news, a tornado swept out of the sea and hit a beachfront neighborhood in New York City today, hurling debris in the air, knocking out power and startling residents who once thought of twisters as a Midwestern phenomenon. Firefighters were still assessing the damage, but no serious injuries were reported and the area affected by the storm appeared small.

This photo provided by Joey Mure, shows a storm cloud over the Breezy Point area of Queens section of New York, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012.   (AP Photo/Joey Mure)
An apparent twister off the coast of New York City, taken from a YouTube video.   (YouTube)
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An apparent twister off the coast of New York City.   (YouTube)

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