2 confirmed dead in Oklahoma as tornadoes hit Plains

Hayden Mahan via AP

Several massive tornadoes churned above Oklahoma yesterday, with at least two touching down in the US Plains state, killing at least two people, the authorities and US media said.

She said homes were destroyed and damaged there.

There were no reports of damage or injuries from the tornado spotted Monday afternoon. Oklahoma Highway Patrol closed Interstate 35 near Wynnewood for 15 minutes so the storm could pass, temporarily shutting down the primary route between Oklahoma City and Dallas.

Through 8 p.m. EDT, there were 13 tornado reports across Oklahoma and Nebraska, according to the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center.

The Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management reported storms destroyed a radio station building in Coal County and several homes in Murray, Garvin and Johnston counties.

The "large and extremely dangerous" tornado also trapped six people under debris south of the town of Wynnewood in Garvin County, the National Weather Service said.

"They put us in the showers", Randolph said. The area from north Texas to near St. Louis could bring more storms on Wednesday, according to forecasters. "There were kids and elderly people, dogs and cats, babies".

He said three or four homes and a few barns were destroyed.

Meteorologists caution there could be twisters with wind speeds above 111 miles per hour from eastern Oklahoma to central Arkansas. Hail 2in or more in diameter was possible from eastern Texas to south-eastern Kansas.

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