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Sunday
Aug062017

Tulsa storms leave dozens injured as floods submerge parts of Kansas City, New Orleans

Missouri Department of Public Safety(TULSA, Okla.) -- A series of powerful storms tore through Tulsa, Oklahoma, overnight, damaging businesses and leaving at least 26 people injured, according to a local hospital.

The National Weather Service of Tulsa issued warnings overnight of thunderstorms, flash flooding and a possible tornado in the area. Photos released by the Tulsa Fire Department show parts of the city shrouded in darkness, with businesses and street signs mangled.

As many as 11,000 people were left without power as a result of the storm, according to a report in Tulsa World.

Lauren Landwerlin of Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa confirmed to ABC News that it received 26 patients overnight with storm-related injuries. None of the patients had critical injuries, and most were treated for lacerations, Landwerlin said.

A flash flood warning remained in effect for the area until 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon, according to the U.S. National Weather Service, which is warning against driving through flooded areas.

Rain may exceed 3 inches in parts of Tulsa and its surrounding areas, the weather service warned, which may cause river levels to rise.

Flooding in New Orleans and Kansas City

Meanwhile, flash flooding submerged parts of Kansas City and New Orleans in water this weekend.

Up to 6 inches of rain were reported across parts of Kansas City, where highway I-35 had to be shut down.

Photos posted on social media by the Missouri Department of Public Safety show vehicles submerged up to the windows in water.

In New Orleans, parts of Jefferson Parish were pummeled with heavy rains that accumulated close to 8 inches in some areas, according to Nola.com.

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