OKLAHOMA CITY – After several hours of severe weather, authorities confirmed that one person died during the storms on Wednesday night.
On Wednesday evening, strong storms produced damaging winds, hail, tornadoes and flooding across central Oklahoma.
Tragically, authorities confirmed that one person had died as a result of the storms.
On Thursday morning, officers were called to a home in the 16500 block of S. Midwest Blvd.
Initial reports indicate a neighbor found a woman’s body in a storm shelter.
Family member Mariah Townsend says it is the body of her cousin, Sky Stewart.
“It was a complete freak accident, she just so happened to take shelter and the shelter didn’t do it’s responsibility,” Townsend said.
Officials say it appears the woman may have drowned.
Townsend is still taking in the devastating news.
“I had to take a step back for a second, like wow! Did this really happen? It was shocking,” Townsend said.
According to police, she went into the shelter when the weather became severe and then the torrential rain hit, causing the shelter to flood making it impossible for her to escape.
Townsend says she leaves behind five children.
“She was a mother. If there’s one thing I want people to remember about her, it’s definitely that she was a very loving person. You know, she had a very kind heart,” Townsend said.
Now, family members are left trying to figure out how to care for them.
“The only thing we can do is really be here to figure out what happened, and be here for our family, they’re all going to come together.” Townsend said.