Customers and workers at a Chick-fil-A location in Oklahoma City were rocked on Friday night by a severe tornado threat. Two of the customers were at the drive-thru as the twister approached, and video showed a drive-thru worker motioning the customers to crawl through the window to safety as they exited their vehicle (via KFOR):
Afterwards, you can see a frenzy of sorts in the video as store employees and customers alike are herded to a safe area of the restaurant during the storm.
No one was hurt, thank goodness, but others who faced deadly weather incidents in parts of Oklahoma and Missouri were not so fortunate:
No one was seriously hurt during the incident, KFOR reported, but the storms and flooding have killed at least nine people since Friday and injured dozens more. Downed trees and power lines were reported elsewhere in Oklahoma City this weekend, and the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in the northwest were also damaged.
Two fatalities were reported on Saturday after the twister landed in El Reno, about 30 miles west of Oklahoma City. Tearing through the town for just four minutes, it ripped the top floor off the American Budget Value Inn and destroyed Skyview Mobile Home Park.
“It’s a lot of devastation here, it’s leveled, it’s just devastated,” El Reno Mayor Matt White told CNN. “It’s torn all to pieces, it was terrible.”
Aerial photos from The Tulsa World show the widespread devastation in parts of Oklahoma.
Other states in the central part of the U.S. were hit hard as well, including Arkansas and Kansas.
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