UPDATE: Tornadoes that hit Bridge Creek, Oklahoma City upgraded to EF-3
OKLAHOMA CITY – While many families are continuing to pick up the pieces from tornadoes, experts with the National Weather Service are still studying those storms.
On May 6, several severe thunderstorms caused tornadoes, large hail, damaging winds and flash flooding to rain down on the Sooner State.
The storms moved through Caddo, Grady, McClain and Cleveland counties and produced several tornadoes in the area.
On May 6, officials say 218 businesses were affected and 3,151 households were affected by the storms.
In all, that is 9,096 people.
The National Weather Service initially said the tornadoes that hit Bridge Creek and south Oklahoma City were EF-2 storms. The tornado that hit near Norman was an EF-1.
On Friday, the National Weather Service upgraded the storms that hit Bridge Creek and southeast Oklahoma City to EF-3 levels.
Experts also said the storm that hit Amber and Bridge Creek spanned 10 miles in Grady County.
On Thursday, the Oklahoma County Assessor’s Office said over $4.9 million in damage was done to commercial properties and $1.9 million in damage was done to homes in central Oklahoma.
Officials say they are still collecting information, which could take several weeks.