OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Many residents across the southern Plains were left to riffle through their rubble after violent weather struck Tornado Alley.
Wednesday's storms included more than four dozen reported tornadoes, causing damage in Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska and Kansas. Most twisters remained in rural areas, but a pair of storms struck the Oklahoma City area three hours apart. Heavy rains accompanying the twisters swamped the region, too, and one woman drowned after a storm shelter filled with water. Several people were injured.
Tornado in Oklahoma/Kansas
AP photos: Storms cause damage across tornado alley
A large tornado passes just to the west of the city of Halstead, Kan., on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Several buildings were destroyed and one person was reported injured. (Travis Heying/Wichita Eagle/TNS via Getty Images)
Charmaine Foraker is hugged by her son Harlan, as she and her other son Craig Foracker, second from left, arrive at the scene of the family farmstead near Bentley, Kan., that was destroyed by a tornado on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. The original farmhouse that Charmaine grew up in was destroyed, along with a newer home that Craig and his family lived in. (Travis Heying/Wichita Eagle/TNS via Getty Images)
BAXTER SPRINGS, KANSAS, TORNADO, USA - APRIL 28, 2014: This is DigitalGlobe satellite imagery of the damage patch from the EF2 TORNADO that hit Baxter Springs Kansas on April 27th, 2014. The satellite image captured on April 28th, 2014. (Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)
Video: Tornado near Lincoln, KS taken by @UnruhMatt at ~2:30pm CT May 6, 2015 http://t.co/bZjAE5eSQW #KSwx