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Tornado emergency issued in Oklahoma City
EL RENO, Okla. (AP) -- The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says motorists have been hurt in a storm that hit the Oklahoma City area and that others are missing. The National Weather Service issued a tornado emergency for the city's downtown, airport and several suburbs as the storm rolled through central Oklahoma.
Trooper Betsy Randolph said numerous vehicles were damaged in the storm and that many motorists are stranded. The Highway Patrol is urging motorists to get off Interstate 40 and drive to the south. A tornado touched down near El Reno and the storm moved to the east, toward Oklahoma City.
Television cameras carrying the storm on statewide television showed debris in the air.
A storm last week killed 24 at Moore, on Oklahoma City's south side. Friday's storm is north of Moore.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The National Weather Service has issued a tornado emergency for the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.
Weather service forecaster Daryl Williams says the emergency issued Friday evening includes Oklahoma City and some suburbs. The weather service issues an emergency if a storm with tornadoes is heading toward large metropolitan area.
The warning covered Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. The airport's website says passengers have been moved to underground tunnels and no flights are arriving or departing.
It also covered Moore, which was hit by a deadly storm last week.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Betsey Randolph says the OHP has shut down Interstate 40 in Oklahoma City and the OHP issued a warning for motorists to exit I-40 and seek shelter.