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Mayor Says 2 Dead after Likely Oklahoma Tornado

Mayor Says 2 Dead after Likely Oklahoma Tornado

Created: May 26, 2019 08:33 AM

EL RENO, Okla. (AP) - Officials say two people have died after a likely tornado destroyed a motel and swept through a nearby mobile home park in the Oklahoma City area.

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El Reno Mayor Matt White said during a news conference Sunday that "there have been two fatalities at this point in time." He said officials are working to notify relatives.

White said search and rescue efforts are continuing.

The National Weather Service says a likely tornado caused damage. Meteorologist Rick Smith in Norman says the suspected twister hit El Reno on Saturday night as a powerful storm system rolled through the state. Smith says crews will assess the damage on Sunday to determine the severity.

The American Budget Value Inn was destroyed by the storm. Trailers at the Skyview Estates mobile home park adjacent to the motel also were damaged.

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