WYNNEWOOD, Okla. (AP) — Two people have been killed by strong tornadoes that swept across portions of southern Oklahoma.
Johnston County Sheriff’s Sgt. Stacey Pulley says a man died Monday near the town of Connerville. A storm earlier in the day killed a man in a home near Wynnewood.
The Storm Prediction Center had said the Plains and Arkansas.
Some of Monday’s weather has been so bad that forecasters declared a “tornado emergency” for the towns of Roff and Hickory, which were in the path of a storm.
About 41 million people from Houston to Sioux City, Iowa, are at risk for some type of stormy weather.
“You are in a life-threatening situation,” forecasters declared when they declared a tornado emergency for Roff, population 725, and Hickory, population 71. “Flying debris will be deadly to those caught without shelter.”
Television images showed at least three homes destroyed, multiple overturned vehicles and trees torn limb to limb. A roof lay near a hay barn after the first tornado reports from near Wynnewood along Interstate 35.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol closed five miles of the main roadway between Oklahoma City and Dallas as the storm approached. It opened about 15 minutes later.
Meteorologists said twisters with wind speeds above 111 mph were possible from eastern Oklahoma to central Arkansas. Hail 2 inches or more in diameter is possible from eastern Texas to southeastern Kansas.
While the threat was less farther north, forecasters issued a tornado warning for a storm near Lincoln, Nebraska.