OKLAHOMA CITY (NEWS1130) – Multiple tornadoes in Oklahoma have wreaked havoc on the state.
A mother and a child have been killed by tornadoes that tore through the US Plains.
Highway Patrol Trooper Betsy Randolph says troopers found the bodies in a vehicle along Interstate 40 west of the city.
Tornadoes slammed Oklahoma City and its suburbs, crumbling cars and tractor-trailers.
A crew of storm chasers working for the The Weather Channel had their SUV thrown 200 yards. The vehicle was destroyed and some of the people inside suffered minor injuries.
The broad storm hit during the evening rush hour, causing havoc on I-40, a major artery connecting suburbs east and west of the city.
A tornado emergency warning was in effect for several hours and was lifted by 10 p.m. ET. All flights were cancelled at Will Rogers World Airport and passengers inside were forced to underground with their hands on their heads.
Rescue efforts were hampered by flooding, with floodwaters as high as four feet.
To the south, winds approaching 80 mph were forecast for Moore, where a top-of-the-scale EF5 tornado killed 24 on May 20.
In Missouri, Lambert Airport closed its airfields for a couple of hours to assess damage caused by tornadoes that hit St. Louis. Gov. Jeremiah Nixon has declared a state of emergency.