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UPDATE: Weather service says 5 tornadoes in OKC metro area

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- The National Weather Service says there were five tornadoes that struck the Oklahoma City metro area -- including one that officials say killed at least nine people.

Meteorologist Jonathan Kurtz with the weather service in Norman says survey teams that examined the damage on Saturday and rated the killer tornado that hit near El Reno Friday as an EF3. Kurtz says investigators have not yet determined exactly how far the tornado traveled on the ground nor how wide it was.

Kurtz says an EF1 tornado struck in southwest Oklahoma City and EF0 tornadoes struck on both the city's southeast side and in Moore -- where a deadly tornado hit on May 20 and killed 24 people.

Kurtz says survey teams will return to the areas Sunday and Monday.

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YUKON, Okla. (AP) -- Authorities say more than 100 people were injured during a burst of severe storms and tornadoes on Friday night.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported Saturday that Oklahoma City-area hospitals treated 104 people. More than half of those were people who had been cut or pierced.

Nine people died during the storm, which struck the Oklahoma City area during rush hour, trapping many people in their cars along Interstate 40.

The National Weather Service reported Friday evening that "several" tornadoes rolled across the prairie. The official number of tornadoes has not yet been determined.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Medical examiner says the death toll rises to nine in Oklahoma City area after violent storms.

The Oklahoma City area is experiencing flooding in the wake of Friday's storms that inundated the region with several inches of rain.

 The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office said Saturday in a news release that several areas are flooded and that deputies helped with more than 10 high-water rescues overnight. The sheriff's office is also searching for a man whose vehicle was found washed off the road.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma's medical examiner's office says a tornado outbreak in the Oklahoma City suburbs killed five people.

A number of tornadoes touched down west and southeast of Oklahoma City during the Friday afternoon rush hour. The dead include a mother and baby found near Union City and another person at El Reno.

Hospitals in the area say dozens of people were hurt, five critically.

Friday's tornadoes struck an area north and northwest of Moore, where a top-of-the-scale EF5 tornado killed 24 people last week.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a mother and child were killed as tornadoes moved through Oklahoma City.

Highway Patrol Trooper Betsy Randolph says troopers found the bodies near a vehicle along Interstate 40 west of the city Friday.

Tornadoes slammed Oklahoma City and its suburbs, crumbling cars and tractor-trailers.

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.

To the south, winds approaching 80 mph were forecast for Moore, where a top-of-the-scale EF5 tornado killed 24 on May 20.

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (WKOW) -- The National Weather Service office in Norman, Oklahoma says the tornado threat is decreasing in the Oklahoma City area.

Officials also say the flash flood threat is high for the OKC metropolitan area.

The NWS says an 87 mile per hour wind gust was reported at Tinker Air Force Base, southeast of Oklahoma City.

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (WKOW) -- A tornado emergency has been issued for the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

The tornado emergency now includes Moore, Oklahoma, the city hit earlier this month by a tornado that killed 24 people, including 10 children.

The declaration means a large, destructive tornado is moving into a densely populated area where widespread damage and fatalities could occur.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says drivers have been hurt in the Oklahoma City area and that others are missing. Trooper Betsy Randolph said numerous vehicles were damaged in the storm and that many drivers are stranded. Officials asked everyone to get off Interstate 40 and drive to the south.  

CNN reports authorities are evacuating Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport due to the threat of the oncoming tornado. The airport's website says passengers have been moved to underground tunnels and no flights are arriving or departing.

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EL RENO, Okla. (AP) -- Dramatic television video showed a tornado on the ground west of Oklahoma City, about 30 miles from another Oklahoma community that suffered through a deadly twister last week.

Funnels of various sizes touched the ground Friday evening near El Reno, 25 miles west of downtown Oklahoma City, and at other times funnel clouds remained aloft. Cameras captured debris flying through the air, though radar indicated the storm was going through a mostly rural area south of Interstate 40.

The storm was headed toward Oklahoma City, which has more than a million people in the metro area.

A storm May 20 at Moore killed 24 people, including 10 children. Moore borders Oklahoma City's south side.

Aerial images show muddy water covering roadways around Oklahoma City and El Reno, about 30 miles west of Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office said Saturday in a news release that several areas are flooded and that deputies helped with more than 10 high-water rescues overnight. The sheriff's office is also searching for a man whose vehicle was found washed off the road.

Aerial images show muddy water covering roadways around Oklahoma City and El Reno, about 30 miles west of Oklahoma City. 

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