TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Authorities in Oklahoma say at least one person is dead and several people are injured after a tornado ripped through a mobile home park southeast of Oklahoma City in Shawnee.
The local sheriff says the body of a 79-year-old man was found. Up to 35 homes have significant damage. More than 20 people were injured in Sunday’s outbreak of severe weather. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has declared an emergency for 16 Oklahoma counties.
The tornado was part of a severe weather outbreak that stretched from Texas to Minnesota. Twisters also were reported Sunday in Iowa and Kansas.
Oklahoma’s state medical examiner’s office says a second person was killed by a tornado that leveled a central Oklahoma mobile home park.
Office spokeswoman Amy Elliot on Monday identified the two people who are confirmed to have been killed during Sunday’s storms as 79-year-old Glen Irish and 76-year-old Billy Hutchinson. Both men were from Shawnee.
One of several tornadoes that touched down in parts of the nation’s midsection on Sunday leveled the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park near Shawnee.
It wasn’t immediately clear if both victims lived at the mobile home park.