Scores injured after tornado tears through US caravan park

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A tornado leveled a motel and tore through a caravan park near Oklahoma City overnight, killing two people and injuring at least 29 others.

The twister touched down in El Reno, about 40 kilometres west of Oklahoma City, late last night (local time).

It crossed an interstate and walloped the American Budget Value Inn before ripping through the Skyview Estates trailer park, flipping and leveling homes, Mayor Matt White said at a news conference.

A tornado leveled a motel and tore through a caravan park near Oklahoma City overnight, killing two people and injuring at least 29 others. (AP)
The two people who were killed were in the mobile home park, Mr White said. (AP)
"It's a tragic scene out there," Mr White said, adding later that, "People have absolutely lost everything".

He said the city established a crowdfunding page, the City of El Reno Tornado Relief Fund, to raise money to help affected families.

The two people who were killed were in the mobile home park, Mr White said. Everyone at the motel was accounted for, but searchers were still going through the caravan park.

Many of the people living there are Hispanic and don't speak English, which has complicated the rescue efforts, he said.

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The 29 people who were injured were taken to hospitals, where some were undergoing surgery, the mayor said. Some of the injuries were deemed critical, he said.

The twister touched down in El Reno, about 40 kilometres west of Oklahoma City, late last night (local time). (EPA)
National Weather Service personnel were assessing the damage, but the agency gave the twister a preliminary EF-2 rating, which would mean it had wind speeds 179-217 kph.

The tornado was spawned by a powerful storm system that rolled through the state – the latest in a week of violent storms to hit the flood-weary Plains and Midwest that have been blamed for at least 11 deaths, including the two killed in El Reno.

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