A tornado that tore through Wynnewood, Oklahoma, and touched down near Connerville, officials said.
The “large and extremely dangerous” tornado also trapped six people under debris south of the town of Wynnewood in Garvin County, the National Weather Service said. The agency reported that multiple homes were destroyed between Elmore City and Interstate 35.
A second person was killed in a storm-related incident in the Connorville-Bromide area, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office told NBC News. Details weren’t immediately available.
Severe storms in Arkansas destroyed property in Avilla, west of Little Rock, and smashed at least one plane at the Salem Airport, 150 miles north of Little Rock, KTHV-TV reported.
The tornado was one of several spun off by a violent weather system that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center warned could create more twisters with wind speeds above 140 mph from eastern Oklahoma to central Arkansas.
The AP spoke with residents across Oklahoma who described hunkering down for safety — in laundry rooms, truck stop showers and school safe rooms — as the storms came close.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado emergency for the Hickory and Roff, Oklahoma, areas, where a large and dangerous tornado was approaching.
Also tornado touched down in central Iowa, with no immediate reports of damage, and another hit near Nehawka, Neb., about 30 miles south of Omaha.
The National Weather Service warned that later in the day scattered but severe thunderstorms were likely throughout the middle Mississippi and lower Ohio Valleys, and from central and into northern Texas, as well as across parts of the northern and central Plains.