(CNN) — Thousands of people in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, including the twister-ravaged community of Moore, were scrambling for shelter on Friday after the National Weather Service issued a tornado emergency for the area.
At least three tornadoes have reportedly touched down: one southwest of the suburb of Bethany, one north of Union City and another outside Tinker Air Force Base, according to the National Weather Service’s Norman, Oklahoma, office.
Parts of Interstates 35 and 40, which cut through Oklahoma City and Moore, were “a parking lot,” the weather service said, warning that those caught in the heavy rush hour traffic “are in danger.”
“Please try to get to a building or safe shelter!” the weather service tweeted.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol described the situation as dire.
Overturned big rigs and cars littered portions of the roadway, and thousands more were believed to be stuck in the traffic.
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