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Tornado Levels Hotel in El Reno, Oklahoma

By Jack Phillips

A tornado directly hit American Budget Value Inn in El Reno, Oklahoma, on Saturday night, totally tearing it apart, photos reveal.

The tornado killed at least two people in the city.

According to the Daily Mail, at least 30 people were inside the hotel when the twister hit. Witnesses said they saw people being pulled out of the debris of the hotel after the tornado hit.

“I think El Reno Oklahoma needs a lot of prayers,” Mayor Matt White was quoted by The Oklahoman newspaper as saying. He confirmed to a Fox affiliate that at least two people died and others were injured, adding that a mobile home park and a hotel were hit.

The Union City Police Department confirmed that there were “serious injuries and fatalities” in El Reno.

“This is an unfortunate example of just how quickly these types of storms can develop from a simple thunderstorm into a deadly supercell tornado,” it said. “Please remain weather aware and be prepared.”

The department urged people to “please pray” for those who are impacted by the twister.

According to Fox25 in Oklahoma City, the tornado is said to have touched down between Highway 81 and Interstate 40.

“You could hear the roar and everything when it came through,” Richard Griffin, a resident of the Skyview Mobile Home Park, told the Oklahoman.

Late on Saturday, the National Weather Service office in Norman issued a warning to residents about a tornado.

“You will NOT be able to see these tornado [sic] so don’t even bother looking. You will not have much time to get to shelter,” the weather service said.