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Videos: At least 2 killed by ‘erratic’ tornado in Oklahoma

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April 20, 2023

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.

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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.

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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.