(AP) The tornadoes that touched down Saturday morning near Tulsa, just south of Oklahoma City, are now at a “very high risk,” Oklahoma Gov.
Mary Fallin said Sunday.
Tulsa is the second-most populous city in Oklahoma, with more than 5,000 people in a city of about 1 million people.
The tornadoes were centered around the city of Tulsa and hit just before 6 a.m. local time (6 a.p.m., local time), with most of the damage in the central part of the city.
The tornado touched down in a parking lot, damaging several vehicles and killing a woman who was driving.
The other two fatalities were reported in nearby Pigeon Forge.
The Oklahoma City Police Department said the woman was driving when she lost control of her vehicle and went through the center of the storm, which knocked down trees and knocked down power lines.
The driver, a man, died at the scene.
The storm brought strong winds and rain, with a wind gust of 75 mph.
Tornado watches and warnings remained in effect throughout the state.
The National Weather Service in Tulsa issued a tornado watch for the city Sunday evening, saying the center was about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of downtown.
Toledo Mayor Greg Burdick said the damage caused by the tornadoes was “devastating.”
Tulsas mayor said “truly devastating” damage was done to the city, including damage to buildings and power lines, and that residents have lost a lot of homes.
The mayor said residents in the city are still dealing with the aftermath of the tornado, which caused $300,000 worth of damage.
Burdick did not immediately say if there are any injuries or damage to homes or businesses.
The state Office of Emergency Management says more than 300 tornadoes have been reported in the state this year.