Devastating tornadoes touched down east of Oklahoma City on Sunday evening, killing at least two senior citizens. Forecasts suggest the possibility of more tornadoes Monday in a swath of the country stretching from Michigan to Texas.
The area that took the hardest hit Sunday was the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park near Shawnee, Okla., which was utterly destroyed by the storm. "It took a dead hit," resident James Hoke told The Associated Press. "Everything is gone."
Shawnee residents Glen Irish, 79, and Billy Hutchinson, 76, were killed by the storms, KOCO-TV reported Monday, citing a local medical examiner. The AP also reported the deaths, but the exact circumstances of the men's deaths were not clear.
The National Weather Service estimated a 10 percent chance of tornadoes touching down on Monday in parts of eastern Oklahoma, northwestern Arkansas and southwestern Missouri. A larger swath of the U.S. - from northeast of Chicago to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas - has a 5 percent chance of hosting a nearby twister Monday, according to the weather service's projection.
"It looks like there's been heavy equipment in there on a demolition tour," Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth told KOCO-TV of the damage at Steelman Estates in Oklahoma. "You can see where there's absolutely nothing, then there are places where you have mobile home frames on top of each other, debris piled up."
KFOR-TV reported that an outpouring of support for the storm victims includes a local ranch offering to care for livestock left homeless by the storm.
Interstate 40 was also struck by a tornado Sunday, overturning tractor trailers and snarling traffic. "What they did on 'Twister' was pretty damn accurate," truck driver David Bergquist told The Oklahoman after losing a windshield while parked under an overpass near Shawnee. The Shawnee government's website advises residents to "never" hide under an overpass or bridge during a tornado.
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Gov. Mary Fallin, R-Okla., toured the storm damage on Monday. She tweeted a photo of herself and a woman looking at the remains of a destroyed home. Fallin's office declared a state of emergency for 16 counties affected by the storms.
The American Red Cross has set up shelters to accommodate people left homeless by the storm and served breakfast in Shawnee on Monday. A photo tweeted by the Red Cross's Oklahoma division shows crooked utility poles, debris and snapped tree limbs. Another photo shared by the Red Cross shows the state's governor comforting a young boy.
The deadliest tornado so far this year killed six people last week in Granbury, Texas.