At least 2 dead after likely tornado lands in Oklahoma city


At least two people were killed and several others injured after a likely tornado made landfall on Saturday night in the Oklahoma City suburb of El Reno. A motel was demolished in the storm, officials said. A trailer park, car dealership and a number of other businesses also sustained major damage.

El Reno Mayor Matt White said at a press conference that the suspected tornado had virtually leveled the second floor of the American Budget Value Inn, saying most of it is “just not there anymore.”

He said officials did not yet know how many people were staying at the motel when the twister struck, but said “we’re trying to run those numbers down now.”

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The nearby Skyview Estates mobile home park also suffered extensive damage, The Oklahoman reported. A resident of the park told the paper that he heard a “roar” when the suspected tornado swept through the area. 

Another resident Tweety Garrison told AP that the mobile home next to hers had “flipped over and landed on her roof” during the storm. 

White said a search-and-rescue effort was underway at the trailer park and other impacted areas. 

“We are all hands on deck,” the mayor said, describing the storm damage as “very traumatic.”

“Pray for our community,” White added, according to The New York Times. “We’ve been through a lot here lately.”

Oklahoma and other parts of the central United States have been battered by powerful storms and tornadoes in recent days and several storm-related fatalities have been reported.

On Wednesday, three people were killed in Golden City, Missouri, following a violent tornado there. The day before, a woman drowned near Perkins, Oklahoma, after driving onto a flooded road

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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