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Death toll stands at 9 in Okla. City area

Tornado
Posted at 9:46 PM, Jun 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-01 21:46:00-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The death toll from the tornado barrage that hit the Oklahoma City area stands at nine.

Officials say two children and seven adults were killed as the violent weather swept through the area late Friday.

Hospital officials say more than 100 people were hurt during the storms that hit at rush hour, trapping many people in their cars along Interstate 40. Most of those injured suffered from punctures and lacerations from swirling debris.

To make matters worse, torrential downpours followed for hours after the twisters moved east -- up to 7 inches of rain in some parts, causing roadways around the area to crumble.

Oklahoma wasn't the only state to see violent weather on Friday night. In Missouri, areas west of St. Louis received significant damage from an EF3 tornado that packed estimated winds of 150 mph. In St. Charles County, officials say at least 71 homes were heavily damaged and 100 had slight to moderate damage.