OKC Police: Several People Still Missing Since Friday Night's Severe Storms

Sunday, June 2nd 2013, 9:14 am
By: News 9

Oklahoma City Police confirmed several people are still missing following severe storms in central Oklahoma Friday evening.

Right now, the death toll stands at 11, including two children. More than 100 people were injured in the severe storms.

According to the Oklahoma City Fire Department, there were ten people who sought shelter in a storm drain near the Dell Plant in Oklahoma City. Six of them have been accounted for.

Emergency crews continue to search for the other four who are still missing.

Authorities say they are also searching in the area of 55th and Western, where seven people went into a storm drain to seek shelter, and were washed away.

Chief Mark Woodard with the fire department said one of those seven people have been found dead.

Chief Woodard said it will take some time to locate these missing victims, because of the rushing waters and timing of when the river may crest.

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The National Weather Service says a total of five tornadoes touched down across the metro, including a powerful EF-3 that hit near El Reno.

Several of those deaths were people caught in their cars, one of the worst places to be during a severe storm.

Some storm chasers may be reconsidering their job after getting caught in the storm's path.

Two people who died in Friday's tornados were tossed in their vehicles across a Union City field. Witnesses tell us, a man in the truck was "storm chasing" at the time.

"Oh man it was ridiculous just to see all the vehicles, storm chaser vehicles off and upside down. It was a mess. Bad news, real bad. It made us all think twice about doing it. The fact that we've all got kids at home," Storm Chaser Bill Gerdes said.

In all, three people died in Canadian County. All were in vehicles.