A weekend tornadotearing through a mobile home park and killing at least two people. The National Weather Service says it was an EF3 tornado package wind up to 165 miles per hour. Weather officials say it lasted about four minutes and traveled just over two miles, but that was all it took to levels a part of the small community.
Sidonna Jeans was in a trailer with her nephew, when the tornado blew her home out of his reason and sent the neighbor's home tumbling.
"I felt like I was falling or trying to fall off the bed or jump," she said. "I looked right out the window, which was busted and saw my neighbor's trailer rolling over."
That home was filled with at least a dozen people ̵
Surprisingly, no one died at the nearby American Budget Value Inn, although much of the two-story motel was demolished. At least 29 people were injured – some seriously.
El Reno Mayor Matt White says the city will recover from Mother Nature's one-two punch. A week ago, the river waters damaged part of the city. Now, a tornado. At a press conference, White called it an "all hands on deck" situation and at one point was suffocated.
"It's a probation, excuse me, and we're going through it," he said.
Oklahoma has been knocked down by back-to-back severe storm systems that brought heavy rains, floods and tornadoes to the region. Sunday more than 100 miles away from El Reno near Tulsa, the city of Sapulpa was hit by a twister that cracked homes, businesses, and power lines.
"It's pretty emotional, because many things could have happened, it didn't. I'm just grateful to the Lord this morning for being here," said one resident.
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt is visiting El Reno on Monday. The local VFW serves as a shelter, and the Red Cross helps people recover. The state is already in an emergency and more severe weather is expected later this week.
It's not just Oklahoma that is in the cross hairs. Millions of Americans in Central America are looking at a new round of extreme weather that can cause tornadoes and flash floods. Over the last 24 hours, 27 tornadoes have been reported and rivers in at least three states are at record level.
At least 15 deaths have been blamed on the weather since last week.
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