SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) - Two people are dead after a series of tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma, but authorities are praising early warnings for keeping the death toll low.
Amy Elliott, a spokeswoman for the state medical examiner’s office, 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.
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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.
Sheriff Mike Booth credited TV and radio stations that provided wall-to-wall broadcasts of the violent weather.
Lindsay Carter, of Shawnee, says she fled her home when she heard a tornado was coming. When she returned, she had lost part of her home's roof, but some of her neighbors' homes had vanished.
About 50 miles to the northwest, closer to Oklahoma City, an EF-4 tornado touched down in Edmond, kicking up debris and threatening a number of tourist attractions on historic Route 66, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.
The storm weakened and moved east and threatened a novelty soda-pop store and a historic barn in the small town of Arcadia.
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