As rescue crews continue to search for survivors following a devastating and massive tornado that hit Missouri on the weekend, two tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma on Tuesday evening.
At least seven people were killed in Oklahoma City.
As of Tuesday evening, the death toll in the hard-hit city of Joplin was 122. At least 750 people were injured and about 1500 are still unaccounted for. A twister ripped through on Sunday night, levelling thousands of homes, according to a local fire official, and hundreds of businesses were decimated.
U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid for Missouri and said he would visit the region on Sunday.
“We’re going to stay there until every home is repaired, until every neighbourhood is rebuilt, until every business is back on its feet,” Obama said in London.
The storm was the deadliest single twister reported in the U.S. since a tornado hit Flint., Mich. in 1953, killing 116 people. According to the National Weather Service, Sunday’s storm had winds around 300 kilometres per hour and was about a kilometre wide.
There were more than 50 tornadoes reported across seven Midwestern states over the weekend, including Minnesota and in Kansas.
This latest storm came less than a month after a pack of tornados swept across six Southern states in April, killing more than 300 people. Alabama was the hardest hit area.
The Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma has warned of the possibility of another large tornado outbreak this week in the Midwest.
Rescue teams poked through rubble Monday under ominous skies and during heavy rain. A police officer helping with the effort was hit by lightning.