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Deadly tornado strikes El Reno, Oklahoma, for the 2nd time in 6 years

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Sunday, 26 May, 2019, 17:15
Deadly tornado strikes El Reno, Oklahoma, for the 2nd time in 6 years

Officials confirmed at least two fatalities after a destructive tornado ripped through El Reno, Oklahoma, late Saturday night. An unknown number of people remain missing.

Extensive damage was reported at a hotel, the American Budget Value Inn, and a nearby mobile home park near the Highway 81 and Interstate 44 interchange, according to KOCO-TV.

First responders were extricating people from the hotel shortly after the twister struck, according to KFOR-TV. Over 30 people were believed to be in the hotel.

"It's been a serious, serious event here," El Reno Mayor Matt White said during a press conference early Sunday morning. "We have all hands on deck."

White described the scene at the mobile home park as "horrific." He also said that most of the American Budget Value Inn's second story was gone.

The mayor urged people to utilize the city’s social media pages and non-emergency lines to get information so that 911 lines would not be tied up.

“Our community is very resilient to this. We ask you to pray for us, pray for the first responders...the main thing is we have to stick together. I know people want to help. We want your help."