In a video, captured and shared on Twitter by one user, a dark cloud looms over a vast area as the tornado spirals and lightening strikes.
Oklahoma Emergency Medical Services Authority representative Laura O’Leary told CNN that seven patients had been transported to area hospitals and at least one person was in critical condition.
TORNADO NORTH OF AIRPORT pic.twitter.com/tHZJT39een
— Brandyn (@BAK_yn) March 31, 2016
At 8:02 p.m. local time, the National Weather Service in Tulsa issued a warning on Twitter, and continued to update residents for hours after.
(802pm-3/30/16) Likely tornado on the ground between 66 and I-44 between Verdigris, Claremore moving ENE. Take cover immediately! #okwx
— NWS Tulsa (@NWStulsa) March 31, 2016
City officials confirmed damage in area 43rd N. to 46th St N & Tisdale – 43rd – 46th N. & Xanthus. Stay out of the area. Crews responding
— City of Tulsa (@cityoftulsagov) March 31, 2016
“Likely tornado on the ground between 66 and I-44 between Verdigris and Claremore moving ENE. Take cover immediately! #okwx,” the tweet read.
According to CNN, Amy Jankowski, who is a meteorologist with the Weather Service, reported that debris was being shot into the air. The city of Tulsa later tweeted, confirming some damage in certain areas and asking people to avoid them as crews were responding.
Parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee were also reportedly under tornado watch until 3 a.m. Central Time.