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Deadly Tornadoes Tear Across Oklahoma, Leaving Path Of Destruction

The weather service announced the two tornadoes that caused the deaths were rated "high end EF3" with winds up to 165 mph. One twister was up to mile wide.

Last updated on May 10, 2016, at 4:25 p.m. ET

Posted on May 9, 2016, at 6:59 p.m. ET

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A tornado rips through a residential area after touching down south of Wynnewood, Oklahoma Monday.

Officials declared a tornado emergency Monday afternoon in Oklahoma after multiple tornadoes touched down, killing at least two people and tearing buildings apart.

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A tornado seen near Wynnwood, Oklahoma, Monday.

Images showed a large, wedge tornado near Sulphur, about 80 miles south of Oklahoma City. Witnesses also reported seeing the tornado near Roff, about 12 miles northeast of Sulphur.

At least seven confirmed tornadoes touched down in the region Monday, the National Weather Service office in Norman, Oklahoma, said. On Tuesday, the NWS announced the two tornadoes that caused the deaths were rated "high end EF3" with winds up to 165 mph. The tornado that struck the Sulphur area was up to a mile wide.

A series of tornado warnings were issued for the region, including a tornado emergency for Roff and nearby Hickory. The NWS warned that "complete destruction" was possible.

IMAGE: Here's the entire system that now sits right over Lake Thunderbird. #okwx @NEWS9

At least one person, a man in his 70s, was killed when the structure he was in collapsed during a tornado, Garvin County emergency officials confirmed to BuzzFeed News.

Bud Ramming, of Garvin County Emergency Management, said the man was in his home in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, when he was killed.

"Any time there's a fatality and homes damaged I figure it's very serious," Ramming said. "We have seen worse, but this looks pretty bad."

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Wreckage in Wynnwood, Oklahoma where according to KFOR one person died Monday.

Images from Garvin County showed damaged scattered in other communities as well. A Garvin County Sheriff's official said on air that horses, goats and cattle also were killed in the tornado.

EARLIER: Incredible intercept near Wynnewood, OK. Targeting new cell. Will post full video later tonight/tomorrow

A second person was killed in the Connerville area of Johnston County.

Jason Bryant, of Johnston County Emergency Management, confirmed the death to BuzzFeed News, but did not have additional information. He added that just one tornado went through the region, uprooting trees and knocking down power lines as it went.

A sheriff's dispatcher in Murray County, Oklahoma, also confirmed to BuzzFeed News that her region has suffered some structural damage. She said officials were actively assessing the destruction, the extent of which was not known.

Images from the area showed numerous damaged buildings.


Aerial pictures show homes destroyed after a tornado near Hickory, OK.

.@WxOklahoma reporting homes destroyed near Joy, Okla. #okwx

From our survey team: estimated EF3 damage to a home NE of Davis.

This young man was home alone and survived. In this case advice to shelter in small room, middle of home worked!

Witnesses reported seeing the mile-wide tornado. Storm chaser Chris Sanner told KFOR that the tornado was among the most powerful he had seen in his 14 years of chasing.

#tornado we witnessed SW of #Wynnewood #Oklahmoa at 419 pm #OKwx

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