Oklahoma Tornado 2010 season roared into the state’s horizon with at least 22 tornadoes yesterday and more severe storms expected tomorrow. The one day reprieve has left 50 Oklahoma families picking up the toothpicks that had once been their homes, with another 30 to 40 dealing with damage.

On Monday, May 10, the winds were gusting, nudging vehicles and whipping anything not tied down by early afternoon. Before the sun had set, the damage and death toll had been done.

Initially, five fatalities were reported. But as the day after brings sunlight and surrealism to the rescue attempts, the death toll has now risen to seven, with some residents in the Seminole area still unaccounted for.

The storms, moving at times up to 104mph, broke into separate pockets that extended from the northern tip to the southern border of the state, injuring at least 58 people with two reportedly critical.

Live feeds of twisting sky and blackened clouds went live and uninterrupted on all three major network channels throughout the evening in Oklahoma as residents, like myself, kept one eye on the television, one eye on the window, and both hands on the phone to stay in contact with family and friends also taking cover.

Just one day after Mother’s Day with temperatures in the low-60s, the day after the storm has left state temperatures in the humid 80s or upper 70s as residents deal with gas leaks, water shortages, and electricity outages.

Authorities have closed down roads in four of the most devastated neighborhoods near Choctaw, asking even homeowners not to return to their property unless absolutely necessary due to the debris hazards and gas leaks.

In the meantime, stories are already surfacing of Oklahomans picking up the pieces despite the loss of their home.

Blair’s neighbors — Air Force Tech Sgt. Scott Phiels, his wife, Lisa, and their twin 11-year-old boys — rode out the storm in their bathroom.

“We laid down in the bathtub and after about 10 seconds the house exploded,” Scott Phiels said.

“Today I’m really not upset,” he said, looking over the debris that was once his home on Valley Creek Drive. “Everything that was in that house and breathing is still breathing.”

You can see additional photos of the tornadoes and baseball-sized hail of Oklahoma Tornado 2010 on the Daily Oklahoman site.