Shell-shocked Oklahoma residents panicked by tornado

The return of tornadoes and torrential rains to Oklahoma has caused panic among residents still shell-shocked by the May 20 tornado and caused them to behave erratically, the mayor of Oklahoma City has said.

For reasons that are not clear to me, more people took to the roads, more than we expected. Everyone acted differently in this storm, and as a result, it created an extremely dangerous situation.

I think we are still a little shaken by what happened in Moore. We are still burying children and victims, so our emotions are still strong.

– Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett

Brandi Vanalphen, 30, said she took extreme measures when she found herself among hundreds of drivers trapped on Oklahoman roads as they attempted to flee the latest threatening tornado system.

What got me scared was being stuck in traffic with sirens going off. I started seeing power flashes to the north, and I said 'screw this.' I started driving on the shoulder. People started driving over the grass.

– Brandi Vanalphen

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Oklahoma tornadoes kill nine

Powerful tornadoes have struck Oklahoma for the second time in as many weeks and left nine people dead, including a mother and child. Thousands of people have been left without power as the storm caused destruction to properties and vehicles.