(PM) — A large tornado ripped through Oklahoma late Saturday, slaughtering at least two people and leaving a lengthy, destructive path of ruins and debris, an obliterated motel, overturned cars, and downed traffic lights.
The storm hits the city of El Reno, 25 miles west of Oklahoma City, where a Sunday-morning hunt for dozens of missing individuals was underway.
National Weather Service has found EF-2 damage, although the survey is anticipated to proceed into the afternoon. Tornadoes with an EF-2 rating contain winds of approximately 110 to 135 mph.
El Reno, with a populace of more than 19,000, and the Southern Plains and Midwest, has endured a week of forceful thunderstorms, tornadoes and flash floods. The AP reported that at least nine deaths have been ascribed to the severe weather throughout several states.
Since Monday, the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., has received exceeding 150 tornado reports. This is El Reno’s second tornado tragedy in the past six years. On May 31, 2013, 18 people, including four storm chasers, were killed by a twister that measured 2.6 miles across, the widest ever recorded on the planet. That storm packed 300 mph winds.