(ELMORE CITY, Okla.) — A tornado that tore through Wynnewood, Oklahoma, Monday afternoon, left one man dead, several homes severely damaged or destroyed, and killed some livestock, officials said.
According to the Garvin County Office of Emergency Management, the victim was a man believed to be in his 70s who was in his home when the tornado struck.
After hitting Wynnewood, the tornado moved east across I-35 toward Joy, Oklahoma. Forecasters issued a “tornado emergency” for communities in that area, noting the storm could be particularly violent.
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Department said a man was killed by a tornado that hit the Connerville-Bromide area, and it was investigating reports of other injuries and damage.
And the threat is not over. The National Weather Service issued a tornado emergency for the Hickory and Roff, Oklahoma, areas, where a large and dangerous tornado was approaching.
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A tornado watch had been issued earlier in the afternoon for parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas and northeastern Texas. The watch is in effect until 9 p.m. CT.
A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for parts of Oklahoma and Kansas, also in effect until 9 p.m. CT Monday.
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