Tornadoes tore through the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and St. Louis, Missouri, areas Friday, ripping up homes and sending thousands scrambling for cover.
Nine people, two children and seven adults, were killed in the Oklahoma storms, a spokeswoman for the state's chief medical examiner's office said Saturday morning. This comes less than two weeks after a monstrous tornado made rubble of the nearby town of Moore.
Seventeen tornadoes were reported in the Midwest, and more than 212,000 were without power across the region early Saturday morning. One of the main concerns now is the flooding that the severe weather system left in its wake.
Here are the latest developments:
-- While none were killed due to tornadoes, three people drowned in the state of Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon told CNN affiliate KSDK Saturday.
-- Nixon said the tornado that hit St. Charles and St. Louis counties had a "very long damage track," with "over 10 miles of significant damage ... that caused dozens and dozens of houses to be literally blown up."
-- Flooding was a major problem in southern Missouri, the governor said. "Waters are rising, floods are still occurring, and we're asking people to be very safe," he said Saturday afternoon.
-- A powerful storm caused major damage to a gymnasium of Gillespie High School in southwestern Illinois, with bricks piled up from what had been the gym's front now piled up on the school's lawn, Gillespie Mayor John Hicks said. Seven to 10 homes were destroyed -- and more than 30 others suffered damage -- in the storm.
-- There were no injuries in Gillespie, Illinois, a town of about 3,400 people, despite the fierce winds, Hicks said. The mayor said the story might have been much different had the storm struck next week, when hundreds were set to gather not far from the high school for a celebration called Black Diamond Days.
-- Friday's storms killed two children and seven adults in Oklahoma, said Amy Elliot, spokeswoman for the state's chief medical examiner's office.
-- At least 71 others were injured, officials said.
-- Oklahoma officials are assessing the damage and working to determine if there are other casualties. Among the areas hit by tornadoes Friday: the communities of Union City and El Reno, both in Canadian County just west of Oklahoma City.
-- A National Weather Service survey team found damage indicating an EF3 tornado had struck Friday near El Reno, 25 miles west of Oklahoma City. EF3s pack gusts of 136 to 165 mph. The strongest tornado is an EF5.
-- Seven of the people killed in Friday's Oklahoma storms were killed in Canadian County, immediately to the west of the county that includes Oklahoma City, said Canadian County Undersheriff Chris West.
-- The seven people who died in Canadian County were inside vehicles, West said.
-- The Oklahoma Department of Transportation discouraged travel in the metro area, saying crews are working with the state highway patrol to close roads as necessary.
-- Parts of Interstates 35 and 40, which cut through Oklahoma City and Moore, were "a parking lot" when the tornadoes struck.
-- Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport lost part of its terminal roof, forcing travelers to seek shelter in the airport's basement.
-- The airport reopened early Saturday morning, but airlines canceled or delayed several morning departures "due to the fact that they could not fly in late last night to be at the gate for the first departures," the airport said.
Flights were "slowly resuming" Saturday morning, the airport said. The airport's website showed many mid- and late-morning departures were on time.