May 11th, 2010
04:41 PM ET

Governor declares emergency in 56 Oklahoma counties

Oklahoma's governor Tuesday declared states of emergency in 56 counties following a string of tornadoes and severe storms that swept through the area the day before.

Gov. Brad Henry took an aerial tour of one of the hardest hit areas Tuesday afternoon.

"I lost track of the number of damaged and destroyed homes that we saw," Henry said. "Literally hundreds and I think thousands of homes have received damaged in these storms, and many, many of those homes have been destroyed."

"Even though central Oklahoma was the hardest hit, this storm really was a statewide event ,and there is damage and destruction throughout the state," he said.

The governor said that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano assured him "that FEMA would act very, very quickly on our request for a presidential disaster (declaration) and federal aid."

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  1. Michelle

    The is a tragic disaster, there has been a search engine set up to help search news topics

    May 11, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kelsey

    this is so sad i would hate for this kind of diaster to happen to me!!!...

    May 11, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lake

    oklahomatornado site is pure spam. Thanks, Michele. There's a guy in Bricktown who needs a little. Why don't you scurry over there?

    May 12, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joe

    Michelle has been reported as spam.

    May 12, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Michelle

    Lake I have checked out oklahomatornado and yes that is spam, the website I recommended was oklahomastornado this is a specific search engine, and one you should use. You have asked for a map that shows where the Tornado's have struck, if you simply type in Map in this website search engine the third link gives you a site that has all the maps where the tornado's have struck. I am sorry if you think it is spam but I have found the site to be very helpful. I hope my account is not disabled for trying to help, thanks Joe.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. Quarl I

    please go the enhanced web page of NOAA

    There you will see the track the various torandos took. It provides excellent overview of all our weather activity. We use it in Emergency Management all the time. NOAA and Norman Weather provide us with accurate information


    May 13, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. leeeileen

    A tornado is funnel-shaped air that is formed by clouds coming into contact with the ground. This funnel is spinning violently, with winds at speeds of up to 300 miles per hour! For this reason, tornadoes can cause a lot of damage, injury, or death. They can even pick up a car or a house! Commonly uncommon incident, disaster in its own.
    The is a tragic disaster, there has been a search engine set up to help search news topics

    May 27, 2010 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |