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EL RENO, Okla. – A tornado destroyed a motel and killed at least two people on Saturday overnight, National Weather Service said.
Meteorologist Rick Smith in Norman told The Associated Press that the alleged twister El Reno met on Saturday night when a powerful storm system rolled through the state. The crew will arrive at the scene on Sunday to determine the severity of the urban damage west of Oklahoma City.
The American Budget Value Inn was destroyed by the storm. The pictures on the scene showed forces checking the rubble after part of the motel's second story collapsed on a rubble heap on the first floor and in the parking lot.
El Reno Mayor Matt White confirmed at least two deaths from the storm and an unknown number of people are missing. The identity of the victims was not revealed.
Trailers in a RV park next to the motel were also damaged, as were parts of a nearby car dealership.
The mayor described the scene in the RV Park as a "terrible" and "decimated" press conference during this time.
Elsewhere, overturned cars and twisted metal were briefly visible as intermittent lightning flickered across the sky and in the distance the howling sirens of approaching emergency vehicles were heard.
The deadly storm comes only days after the area was hit by widespread flooding.
"We have had an absolutely traumatic event," White said during a press conference on early Sunday. "We had an incident in which a tornado basically hit a RV park, a hotel, and some other local businesses."
White said several people were taken to hospitals in Oklahoma City, but did not give an exact number.
"We're conducting a search and rescue … we're all on deck," he said.
] Associated Press has contributed to this report.
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