Howard Birdsong, the mayor of Neosho, a town of 11,500 that is the Newton County seat, said at least two of the deaths came when a tornado overturned a vehicle.
It appeared the twister carved a 15-mile path just north of town after striking neighbouring Oklahoma. In some areas, the destruction is a half-mile wide, he said.
"There's an awful lot of property damage," Birdsong said by telephone. "From what I've seen many homes have been destroyed, some businesses, and some cars have been overturned, uprooted trees and power outages ... There are several dozen injured."
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Neosho mayor: Two deaths occurred when car overturned
Neosho Mayor Howard Birdsong told Reuters that two of those who lost their lives during tonight's tornadoes were killed when their car overturned: