An apparent tornado killed at least two people as it destroyed a motel, roared through a nearby mobile home park and caused other significant damage in the Oklahoma City area, officials said Sunday.
The total death toll it is not yet clear, while City mayor Matt White did confirm the two deaths at the hotel.
‘We have absolutely experienced a traumatic event here in El Reno. We had an incident where a tornado hit a mobile home park, a hotel and several business(es)’ Mayor White told ABC News.
There are unconfirmed reports that suggest a further 17 people are missing from the second floor. The tornado is believed to have touched down near to the junction of the Highway 81 and Interstate 40 to the south of the city.
Storms have ravaged central US states the last week, and are continuing to threaten major flooding. Meteorologist Rick Smith in Norman says the suspected twister hit El Reno on Saturday night as a powerful storm system rolled through the state.