Two large bushfires are burning in Orange County, fueled by dangerous Santa Ana winds, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The Silverado fire raced through the Santiago Canyon area of Irvine on Wednesday, triggered by gusty winds and dangerously low red-flag humidity, forcing mandatory evacuations, threatening structures and blocking key roads in the region. Two of the fires that erupted in Orange County's Canyon Country have jumped into the San Gabriel Mountains, whipped up by Santa Ana winds - and fueled by bone-dry brush that has also fueled three smaller fires in Riverside.
At least 116 people have died in California, 68 of them in Texas, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The fires have caused more than $1.5 billion in damage to homes and businesses in the state.
Oklahoma's Department of Transportation reported serious travel hazards and said driving conditions can be dangerous. The tornado caused significant damage to the intersection, and emergency management also reported trees blocking roads in the area, as well as a large number of power outages. Among them are three severe storm scientists who died after being overtaken by the tornado from their location.
With the strength of the warning system, the number of tornado deaths in Oklahoma and statewide has dropped significantly with each decade and hopefully will continue to fall. The dead will be remembered with a ringing of the local fire department at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 5, at the Oklahoma State Capitol.
The USDA provides programs and services to help communities, farmers, ranchers and businesses that have been hard hit. The efforts of WALT are focused on the protection of human life and the security of property.
More than 200 firefighters and 25 trucks were needed to finally stop the blaze, which had been declared a major blaze and had not yet been extinguished. The elimination of fire damage requires several steps to repair damage to homes, businesses, property, roads, infrastructure, and public health and safety.
During the rescue work, Oklahoma State Highway Patrol officers received all information immediately provided by the governor and federal agencies, as well as information from the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Although firefighters were able to reach the burning sixth floor, heat and smoke forced them to retreat around 3.15am. The fire threatened to spread to other floors several times, but they managed to stop the advance. Only when the local fire brigade was officially called to the blaze did police escort firefighters to the building, creating a safe space for firefighters to carry out firefighting work.
The Tulsa Race Riot Commission was created by the state of Oklahoma to investigate the massacre and formally document the incident. The Tulsa massacre was not mentioned again until the late 1990s, when a state commission was formed to document it.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 228 homes and businesses have been destroyed in nine Oklahoma counties, making them eligible for federal disaster declaration. Fire authorities have not confirmed any structural damage, although some buildings are said to be under threat and there are reports that some buildings are already burning.
Orange County Fire Department officials said the injured firefighter was treated by paramedics and taken to a hospital. Cleveland Fire Department said turntable 23 was out of service after a smashed windshield was caused by rioters throwing projectiles at the device as it responded to downtown fires. Cleveland police say firefighters were attacked and damaged by equipment as they tried to gain access to the scene of the blaze.
The tornado hit the city southeast of Shattuck, Gage and Fargo, but spared El Reno and its airport, which was located south of those towns. Further east, the tornado destroyed Briarwood Elementary School, where the NWS storm survey team rated the damage as EF-5. In Woodward, it lost intensity but destroyed 36 homes and injured 30 people while still in the woods before disintegrating.
It reached F4 and F5 again and moved from east to west, expanded as it entered Moore, then moved from north to south and reached the town of Moore at about 1: 30 p.m. local time. As the tornado moved further east, east and northeast, it moved south - east, where violent destruction was widespread, according to the NWS.
The tornado moved northeast, turned south-east, continued north-west, east-south and west-northwest, and ended near the town of Snyder at about 1: 30 p.m. local time. A new tornado, like the one that hit Snyder, formed in the south of the county and then moved into Kiowa County. Glaser and Higgins were hit in the Texas Panhandle, ravaging both cities and killing at least 69 people before crossing into Oklahoma.
The deadliest tornado to hit Oklahoma City was the F5 tornado of May 3, 1999. The violent tornado began two miles southwest of Peggs, moved northeast and cut off the entire town of 250 residents, including the mayor, his wife and two children, from the outside world. It was one of five major hurricanes that hit the state on April 12, and was part of the devastating storms and flooding that occurred in Oklahoma between April 12 and 15, 1945.