UNION CITY, Oklahoma (CNN) — The full scale of the destruction wrought by five new tornadoes that plowed through the Oklahoma City area became apparent in the light of day Saturday.
Nine people, seven adults and two children, were killed in Friday’s storms in Oklahoma, a spokeswoman for the state’s chief medical examiner’s office said Saturday morning.
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The storms came less than two weeks after a monstrous tornado made rubble of the town of Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City.
“There’s just no rest,” said city spokeswoman Kristy Yager.
In all, 17 tornadoes were reported in the Midwest. The number was expected to change when officials conduct storm surveys, said Kurt Van Speybroeck, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
By Saturday, an initial count showed more than 210,000 customers were without power in the Midwest — 89,000 in Missouri, 86,000 in Oklahoma, 31,000 in Illinois, 3,000 in Arkansas, 1,000 in Kansas and 500 in Indiana.
The total was then changed to 212,000 without power. Flooding became a main concern following the severe weather.
While the twisters damaged houses in Missouri and Illinois, the brunt of their force was reserved for Oklahoma City and its surrounding areas, including El Reno and Union City.
Among the dead were a mother and her child, officials said.
At least 71 others were injured.