Barnsdall, Oklahoma, hit by the second tornado in five weeks

At least one person has been killed after a burst of severe weather swept across the central United States late Monday through Monday evening, including a tornado that struck Barnsdall, Oklahoma, marking the second time this year the city has been hit by a tornado.

“It’s a small town and it was pretty much right through the center,” Osage County Undersheriff Gary Upton told The Associated Press of Barnsdall, located about 40 miles north of Tulsa.

One person is dead and another is missing after the overnight tornado ripped through the city, officials said. The devastation comes just five weeks after a tornado damaged homes in Barnsdall on April 1.

First light on Tuesday revealed the devastation caused by the powerful tornado hours earlier under the veil of darkness, which collapsed homes, tossed vehicles and reduced trees to tall, leafless stumps.

The same tornado also ripped through Bartlesville, Oklahoma, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from Barnsdall.

A person at a Bartlesville hotel captured heartbreaking video of the moment the tornado struck the city of 38,000. At the beginning of the video, the subject was recording wind-driven rain in the parking lot, but a powerful flash sent onlookers running for cover. The wind was so strong that pieces of wood pierced the walls of the hotel.

May has gotten off to a fast start for severe weather, as AccuWeather predicted when it released its annual U.S. tornado forecast in early March.

During the first six days of the month, there have been nearly 600 preliminary reports of severe weather in the United States, including more than 50 preliminary tornado reports. And more damaging thunderstorms are likely by the end of the week.

Wednesday could be the most dangerous day of the week, with more than 125 million people at risk of severe weather from Texas to Maryland. “It may not be long before severe thunderstorms begin producing tornadoes on Wednesday,” AccuWeather meteorologist Brandon Buckingham said.

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