A likely tornado struck in El Reno, Oklahoma, a city of 16,700 residents west of Oklahoma City, on Saturday night, causing significant damage. While no details were immediately made available, the police department in nearby Union City announced in a Facebook post that "serious injuries and fatalities" occurred and El Reno's mayor and the county's emergency manager confirmed that there were two deaths. The tornado hit a motel, a mobile home park, and other buildings. "You could hear the roar and everything when it came through," said Richard Griffin, a resident of the mobile home park. The tornado followed a series of severe weather events in the Southern Plains in the last week; 104 tornadoes were reported across eight states between Monday and Thursday.
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