Large tornado hits south of Oklahoma City, two dead

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Tornadoes Hits Rural Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY, May 9 (Reuters) - A large and violent tornado hit an area south of Oklahoma City on Monday, causing at least two deaths and reducing at least three homes to splinters, authorities said.

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The hardest-hit areas were about 70 to 80 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, where a tornado reported to be more than a mile wide ripped through the area.

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Large tornado hits south of Oklahoma City, two dead
This image made from a video taken through a car window shows a tornado near Wynnewood, Okla., Monday, May 9, 2016. A broad tornado capable of leaving "catastrophic" damage in its wake churned across the Oklahoma landscape Monday, prompting forecasters to declare a tornado emergency for two communities directly in its path. (Hayden Mahan via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
This image made from a video taken through a car window shows a tornado near Wynnewood, Okla., Monday, May 9, 2016. A broad tornado capable of leaving "catastrophic" damage in its wake churned across the Oklahoma landscape Monday, prompting forecasters to declare a tornado emergency for two communities directly in its path. (Hayden Mahan via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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One person was killed in Garvin County, about 60 miles south of Oklahoma City, when a home was destroyed by a twister, an emergency official said. Another person was killed near the town of Connerville, about 110 miles south of Oklahoma City, the Johnston County Sheriff's Office said.

The National Weather Service described that twister as large and destructive, warning people: "You are in a life-threatening situation."

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At least one other tornado was reported to have hit Oklahoma, the service said. Local news showed photographs of two of the destroyed homes by the twisters.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for large parts of southern Oklahoma into western Arkansas. It also said two tornados have been reported in Nebraska.

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