A new series of tornadoes has swept through the state of Oklahoma, killing at least five people, including a mother and child, officials say.
The tornadoes struck near the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, where 24 people were killed by a violent tornado nearly two weeks ago.
The latest storm struck during Friday’s evening rush hour, trapping many people in cars and causing traffic chaos.
More than 60,000 homes lost power and heavy rain has caused severe flooding.
Many streets were flooded – up to 4 ft in some places.
A police spokeswoman said the mother and child who died were in their car on a major highway – Interstate 40 – near Oklahoma City.
Dozens of lorries were overturned on the highway.
Amy Elliott, a spokeswoman for Oklahoma’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, said that two of the deaths occurred in Union City and one was in El Reno, west of Oklahoma City.
The tornadoes struck near the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, where 24 people were killed by a violent tornado nearly two weeks ago
Dozens of people have been hurt, with five of them in a critical condition.
Among those who took to the roads to flee the storm was 30-year-old Brandi Vanalphen.
“What got me scared was being stuck in traffic with sirens going off,” she said.
“I started seeing power flashes to the north… I started driving on the shoulder. People started driving over the grass.”
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett 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,” he added.
Meteorologists said the tornadoes were less severe than those that struck in May.
Oklahoma is in part of the US Midwest known as Tornado Alley. Some 1,200 tornadoes strike each year, though most are relatively small.
President Barack Obama has visited the tornado-ravaged town of Moore in Oklahoma to comfort its victims saying that they “are not alone”.
Surveying the devastation, Barack Obama said it was “hard to comprehend”, adding: “Everywhere, fellow Americans are praying with you.”
The president visited the site of the school where seven children died.
The tornado ravaged the Oklahoma City suburb last Monday, killing 24 people and destroying some 1,200 homes.
About 33,000 people were affected and the damage has been estimated at $2 billion.
Some 377 people were also injured in the tornado, which was ranked an EF5 – at the top of the enhanced Fujita scale.
Barack Obama, alongside Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, said: “This is a strong community with strong character. There’s no doubt they will bounce back. But they need help.”
Standing on a block surrounded by debris, Barack Obama said: “Obviously the damage here is pretty hard to comprehend.”
Barack Obama has visited the tornado-ravaged town of Moore in Oklahoma to comfort its victims
“Whenever I come to an area that has been devastated by some natural disaster like this, I want to make sure that everyone understands that I am speaking on behalf of the entire country,” the president said.
In the past year Barack Obama has consoled the families of victims of Superstorm Sandy, the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting and the Boston Marathon bombings.
He said: “Everywhere, fellow Americans are praying with you, they’re thinking about you and they want to help. And I’m just a messenger here letting you know that you are not alone.”
Barack Obama’s first stop was the Plaza Towers Elementary School, where seven of the 10 children who died lost their lives.
In front of the wreckage and surveying piles of rubble and upturned cars, he told one school official: “I know this is tough.”
Three makeshift American flags flew in the wind, attached to parts of the debris.
Caleb Sloan, 24, who lost his home, told Reuters: “[The president] has no choice but to live by his word. I hope and pray and think he will keep his promises.”
Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration that quickens federal aid.
Some 450 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) personnel are in Moore, with some $3.4 million in payments so far approved for 4,200 applicants for disaster assistance.
Governor Mary Fallin said: “We’re resilient. There’s already a big path of debris that’s been moved around. People are gathering their stuff.
“It’s been truly remarkable to see how our people have responded and how strong they are.”
Demi Moore was never been large, but last night she looked a shadow of her former self as she attended the Lifetime movie Five premiere in New York.
Demi Moore donned a black geometric print dress which highlighted her incredibly slender frame as she posed on the blue carpet for the event.
The fitted black dress hung off her once feminine curves, while the short-sleeved look drew attention to Demi Moore‘s incredibly muscular arms.
Demi Moore looked a shadow of her former self at the premiere of Lifetime movie Five in New York last night
Demi Moore in 2009
The 48-year-old actress’ appearance at the event comes as nutritionist Dr. Majid Ali told gossip website Radaronline.com that he believes Demi Moore has been spending “too much time in the gym and too little time at the dinner table”.
Dr. Majid Ali added he believes Demi Moore’ slender look is down to overdoing it in the gym rather than cutting down on what she eats.
“It looks more like over training with restricted calories, than an eating disorder.
“She doesn’t have that wasted loss of muscle eating disorder look, but she could be over training. I certainly wouldn’t want her any thinner.”
Dr. Majid Ali’s comments come in the wake of Demi Moore admitting she used to be “obsessed” with the way her body looked.
The mother-of –three actress said: “I had an extreme obsession with my body. I made it a measure of my own value.
“I tried to dominate it, which I did, and I changed it multiple times over.
“But it never lasted and ultimately it didn’t bring me anything but temporary happiness. Does being thin resolve anything? No.
“The irony is that when I abandoned that desire to dominate my body, it actually became the body that I always wanted.”
Demi Moore has been working hard on her health in recent months, and revealed earlier this year she had undertaken a strict detox plan with her husband Ashton Kutcher.
Demi Moore, 48, and Ashton Kutcher, 32, followed the Master Cleanse diet, which involves consuming only a concoction of water, lemon, maple syrup and cayenne pepper for ten days.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyonce Knowles, who are fans of the detox plan, claim it eliminates toxins from the body and helps stop cravings.
However, critics say the detox plan may be bad for your health and deprives the body of energy, providing 600 calories daily – a third of the recommended amount.
Demi Moore was joined at last night’s premiere by stars including Jennifer Aniston.
Demi Moore posed up with her friend Jennifer Aniston, who also directed a segment of their new Lifetime movie Five
Demi Moore and Jennifer Aniston are just two of the names who have directed anthologies included in Lifetime movie Five, exploring the impact of breast cancer on people’s lives.