Plains Tornadoes Trash Homes, Free Tigers

Severe storm system floods Oklahoma City
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2015 2:15 AM CDT
Neighbors of Craig Foraker check out his property after a tornado devastated the area near Bentley, Kan., Wednesday May 6, 2015.   (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle via AP)
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(Newser) – In what forecasters warn could be just the first day of several days of severe weather, storms lashed parts of the Great Plains region yesterday, bringing tornadoes and flooding. "This is a particularly dangerous situation," according to the National Weather Service, which says tornadoes have been spotted in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska, reports NBC News. No deaths have been reported, but dozens of homes have been destroyed, and at least 12 people were hospitalized after a twister hit a trailer park in Oklahoma City, the AP reports.

Oklahoma City's main airport was shut down and the National Weather Service declared the first flash flood emergency in the city's history last night, CNN reports. In Tuttle, about 30 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, tigers and other animals escaped when a tornado hit the Tiger Safari park, the Guardian reports, but the local sheriff's office says all the animals have now been recaptured. Forecasters say flooding will be a major concern for the rest of the week. "People just really need to stay weather aware, have a plan, and understand that severe storms are possible across portions of the southern Plains almost daily through Saturday," a Weather Service meteorologist tells the AP. (Read more Oklahoma stories.)

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