Two people have been confirmed killed after a substantial tornado hit the town of Cole, south of Oklahoma City, Wednesday evening.
The tornado leveled homes in the area, destroyed a wedding venue, and came amid an outbreak of severe weather, including other tornadoes, across the region, Accuweather reported.
Search and rescue operations are still underway. A spokesperson for the sheriff told News 9 that it would be reasonable to expect more deaths based on the level of damage to the area.
Video posted on social media by Reed Timmer, formerly of the TV series “Storm Chasers,” gave a view of what the tornado looked like from the ground. He said at least four homes had been damaged.
A tweet by the National Weather Service warning of the tornado at 7:58 p.m. described it as “significant” and “erratic.”
One of the two people killed in the storm has been identified as Mike Bradsher, News 9 reported.
Local KFOR reporter Natalie Clydesdale posted a video of a purported wedding venue that had been destroyed.
“The owner tells me … she just had to call the bride [whose] wedding dress was inside this building and was destroyed,” Clydesdale wrote.
The University of Oklahoma issued a tornado warning at 7:16 p.m., saying: “Seek shelter NOW inside the building you are in.”
A tornado was spotted near Tinker Air Force Base about 15 miles northeast of Cole, Accuweather reported. Large hail damaged a truck near the base.
There was one injury from a likely tornado in Elmdale, Kansas when strong winds blew over a semi truck, and two more injuries when winds overturned a semi-truck in Colby, Kansas, according to Accuweather.
This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.