Tornadoes killed a child, injured at least 14 others and damaged scores of buildings in northern and western Oklahoma, authorities said.
Tornadoes also struck Abilene, Texas, where dozens of homes were damaged and destroyed.One twister, bearing winds of 100 mph, cut a milelongswath in Stillwater, hitting residential areas and the Oklahoma State University campus. At least three other tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma Tuesday night.
A 4-year-old was killed in Stillwater as his mother drove to a relative's home to take shelter, authorities said. Authorities said the mother, who was cut, was unable to explain exactly what happened when the storm overtook them.
Damage was reported to six apartment complexes and other homes, businesses and schools in this town of 40,000.
About 40 housing units on the university campus were reported damaged, and the storm tore part of the roof off the physical education center.
At least seven other people in Stillwater were treated for injuries. The worst injury was a 75-year-old man who broke a hip.
A twister hit the ground around midnight in Foyil, injuring at least six people as it plowed across four miles of farmland.
A tornado ripped off a roof near Kellyville in Oklahoma, and a twister in western Oklahoma terrorized patrons and workers inside an El Reno truck stop when it touched down near Interstate 40.