Large tornado hits south of Oklahoma City, two dead

A tornado rips through a residential area after touching down south of Wynnewood, Oklahoma on May 9, 2016.
A tornado rips through a residential area after touching down south of Wynnewood, Oklahoma on May 9, 2016. PHOTO: AFP
A woman looks on while the tornado rips through a residential area.
A woman looks on while the tornado rips through a residential area. PHOTO: AFP
Debris flies through the air as the tornado rips through a residential area.
Debris flies through the air as the tornado rips through a residential area. PHOTO: AFP
The tornado rips through a residential area.
The tornado rips through a residential area. PHOTO: AFP

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A large and violent tornado hit an area south of Oklahoma City on Monday, causing at least two deaths and reducing at least three homes to splinters, authorities said.

The hardest-hit areas were about 70 to 80 miles (about 129km) southeast of Oklahoma City, where a tornado reported to be more than a mile wide ripped through the area.

One person was killed in Garvin County, about 60 miles south of Oklahoma City, when a home was destroyed by a twister, an emergency official said. Another person was killed near the town of Connerville, about 110 miles south of Oklahoma City, the Johnston County Sheriff's Office said.


Vehicles stop on the side of the road as the tornado rips through a residential area. PHOTO: AFP

The National Weather Service described that twister as large and destructive, warning people: "You are in a life-threatening situation." At least one other tornado was reported to have hit Oklahoma, the service said. Local news showed photographs of two of the destroyed homes by the twisters.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for large parts of southern Oklahoma into western Arkansas. It also said two tornados have been reported in Nebraska.


   A storm chaser stands on his vehicle to take a photo of the rain-wrapped tornado wreaking havoc. PHOTO: AFP