Oklahoma tornadoes News

Residents Assess Damage After Night of Tornadoes in Central U.S.

Residents of an Oklahoma subdivision and a Wisconsin trailer park that were leveled by deadly tornadoes sifted through what remained of their homes and possessions Wednesday, even as forecasters warned of another round of powerful storms on the horizon. The …

Tornadoes Destroy Homes in Western Kansas, Damage Assessment Begins

Crews were evaluating the damage Wednesday after tornadoes destroyed several homes and left two people critically injured in western Kansas as a series of severe storms swept across the Plains. Meanwhile, one person drowned in central Oklahoma after a vehicle …

Severe Storms Move East Leaving 7 Hurt, Damage in Oklahoma

At least seven people were injured and authorities were evaluating the damage in northeastern Oklahoma after severe storms spawned multiple tornado touchdowns Wednesday night, authorities said. National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Jankowski said a tornado touched down and lifted up …

FORTIFIED Home–High Wind, Hail Programs Launched at National Tornado Summit

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) launched its new FORTIFIED Home–High Wind and Hail programs at the National Tornado Summit in Oklahoma. The programs are designed to help homeowners build safer, stronger new homes, and retrofit or …

Oklahoma’s Low Tornado Count Result of Cold Weather, Experts Say

Oklahoma’s extremely cold winter last year and earlier this year likely kept the number of tornadoes this past spring at the state’s lowest levels since 1988, weather experts say. Only 13 tornadoes hit the state through June, which is the …

Judge Orders Farmers Insurance to Pay Oklahoma Plaintiffs $15M

An Oklahoma judge has ordered Farmers Insurance and a subsidiary to pay a total of $15 million to three plaintiffs who filed claims for damage to their homes caused by a deadly tornado that struck Woodward in 2012. The plaintiffs …

Oklahoma Officials Place May 20 Tornado Toll at 25

The Oklahoma Medical Examiner has increased the toll from the May 20 tornado at Moore after the death of a 90-year-old woman critically injured in the storm. Spokeswoman Amy Elliott said that the death of Kathryn Begay pushed the death …

Oklahoma Insurance Claims from May Tornadoes Top 75K

Insurance claims filed in response to a major tornado outbreak in May have jumped to 75,758 with insurance payments reaching $687,945,276, the Oklahoma Insurance Department announced. “The victims of these devastating tornadoes will be dealing with the aftermath for quite …

Oklahoma Steps Up Fraud Fight in Disaster Zones

Oklahoma is stepping up its efforts to fight fraud in storm-devastated areas of the state with the assistance of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and the North Carolina Department of Insurance. Five officers from the North Carolina Department …

Oklahoma Tornadoes Take 13 Lives Including 3 Storm Chasers

Three storm chasers were among 13 people killed by tornadoes that rampaged through central Oklahoma on Friday, underscoring the high risk of tracking tornadoes and forcing the media to rethink how they cover deadly twisters. Tim Samaras, 55, a leading …