Oklahoma, Barnsdall Hit by Terrible Tornado: Second This Month/ Video

A strong tornado hit Oklahoma causing extensive damage, and police in Bartlesville said a "mile-wide" tornado hit the local area, according to a post by TV meteorologist Colin Myers on Platform X

by Sededin Dedovic
Oklahoma, Barnsdall Hit by Terrible Tornado: Second This Month/ Video
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A monster tornado, described by local meteorologist Colin Myers on social media platform X as "a mile wide," tore through Oklahoma Monday night, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The small town of Barnsdall, with a population of about 1,000, bore the brunt of the storm's fury, marking the second time in a month that a tornado has ravaged the community, according to Newsweek.

Tragically, Osage County Sheriff Eddie Virden confirmed to KOTV News in Tulsa that one person lost their life in Barnsdall during the storm. Reports indicate that at least 15 tornadoes touched down across the central United States, with at least seven of them wreaking havoc in Oklahoma, according to the National Weather Service.

Earlier Monday, the National Weather Service in Tulsa issued a dire warning, warning residents of a "large and extremely dangerous tornado" bearing down on Barnsdall, with potential winds in excess of 70 miles per hour.

The New York Times reports that roughly a third of the city was affected, with numerous buildings sustaining significant damage and several people requiring hospitalization. Osage County Emergency Manager Jerry Roberts confirmed that power outages have hit various areas of Oklahoma due to downed power lines.

The destruction in Barnsdall paints a grim picture. Images emerging from the scene show the city in disarray, with houses flattened, vehicles broken down and debris strewn across the landscape. Emergency crews are working tirelessly to locate survivors, assess the extent of the damage and begin the long road to recovery.

However, the influence extends beyond Barnsdall. The storm system unleashed its fury in other parts of Oklahoma, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. While details of the extent of damage in these areas remain unclear, it is certain that many communities face a challenging recovery process.

The full extent of the destruction caused by this series of tornadoes is still unfolding. Local authorities are conducting damage assessments, and the National Weather Service is expected to provide additional updates on affected areas.

Meanwhile, communities across Oklahoma are grappling with the aftermath of this powerful storm, grieving the lives lost and beginning the difficult task of rebuilding.