Storms Batter Missouri, Oklahoma



Tornadoes rolling in from the prairie slammed Oklahoma City and its suburbs on Friday. People were trapped in their vehicles as a storm swept down an interstate highway while commuters tried to beat it home.

Officials say five people have been killed, but meteorologists who had warned about particularly nasty weather said the storm's fury didn't match that of a deadly twister that struck suburban Moore last week, killing 24 people.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says troopers found the bodies of a woman and her baby near their vehicle. It's not known if the woman was driving into the storm when it hit Friday evening.

At Will Rogers World Airport southwest of Oklahoma City, passengers were directed into underground tunnels and flights were canceled.

Violent weather also moved through the St. Louis area, ripping the roof off a suburban casino, and causing a tornado to touch down in the St. Charles area. Governor Jay Nixon has declared a State of Emergency.

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