Transcript for State of Emergency in Oklahoma After Outbreak of Deadly Tornadoes
Now to the state of emergency in Oklahoma tonight. After an outbreak of deadly tornadoes. 160 reports of severe weather from Oklahoma to Arkansas to Missouri. The images tonight show the devastation in the heartland. One driver capturing the moment the tornado bears down. We need to get away. Flashes of light as power lines are mowed down. Tens of thousands without power this evening. Pickup trucks flipped over. And a gymnastics studio decimated. 50 children were inside. Rescue teams carrying them to safety. Inside, we're told, adults used songs, prayers and the flashlights on their cell phones to keep the children calm. Meteorologist rob Marciano on the ground in Oklahoma tonight. Rob, good evening. Reporter: Good evening, David. This neighborhood just completely demolished. It's been a pretty quiet year so far for severe weather, but the power of this tornado is undeniable. This home rommed completely on its head. For so many, it was a dramatic scramble for survival. There is a tornado heading towards town. Reporter: The storms exploding over Oklahoma. Look, we are right on this. Reporter: Even flipping trucks. A semi has overturned. And pickup is on its hood. This is all weather related. Reporter: Teachers at this Tulsa gymnastics studio hustling 50 students, some as young as 4 years old, into the basement minutes before taking a direct hit. Firefighters rescuing them in the pouring rain, giving their coats to the shivering children. Some still in their leotards. Remarkably, everyone is okay. I was scared. And all we did was praise god that we were still alive. Reporter: Tonight, the studio's founder, Jennifer Patterson, showing us how close they came to disaster. This whole area where the bricks are laying, that was our uneven bar area and that's where 30 minutes beforehand, kids were all along here, swinging bars. Reporter: 12-year-old gymnast jamarie Wilson made sure the younger students stayed safe. What's crazy that you were in it when it was torn down. It was tough. But we were tougher. Reporter: From the air, you can see huge swaths of total devastation. At this mobile home park, where one person died, a sea of scrap wood and twisted metal. Trees uprooted. This home turned on its side. This is terrible. Reporter: Deborah Goins survived, but lost her dog, in the storm. Tonight, amid the destruction, some good news. A call from animal control -- they found him. David, another bit of good news tonight. The folks who live east of here did not have a significant severe weather threat. Let's show you the weather that is happening there. There is a bit of a flood potential, as moisture comes off the gulf of Mexico and that will filter up the east coast. Meanwhile, where they need the rain out west, so Cal, another day of record-breaking hit potentially tomorrow. And that will continue to be the overall trend. Way above Normal out west and continued cool across the east coast. David? Back to you. All right, rob Marciano with us live tonight. Rob, thank you.
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