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Two people died in Oklahoma as tornadoes sweep across US Midwest


Two people died in Oklahoma after several tornadoes have hit a large swathe of the US Midwest.

Storms were reported in Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma. The deaths occurred in Oklahoma’s Woodward county, officials said.

The National Weather Service had warned there could be further tornadoes early Sunday morning, with concern they could strike as people slept.

But it said that the chance they would be very strong or long-lived was lower than the previous evening.

Forecasters had warned that the worst of the weather would hit around nightfall.

Two people died in Oklahoma after several tornadoes have hit a large swathe of the US Midwest

Two people died in Oklahoma after several tornadoes have hit a large swathe of the US Midwest

Officials feared people would not hear warnings as they slept and said that it was more difficult for weather spotters to track the funnel clouds overnight.

In Woodward in Oklahoma, a block of flats was also damaged by the twister, after residents were caught by surprise as the storm sirens had failed to sound, Reuters news agency quoted the local mayor as saying.

One tornado destroyed large parts of the town of Thurman, in Iowa, on Saturday, but there were no major injuries, the NWS said.

“It lasted three to four minutes probably – what seemed like an eternity,” one man from Thurman told the broadcaster ABC.

“The next thing I know, the house was shaking and I could feel it lifting and it was over that quick,” another man said.

Another tornado caused widespread power outages and other damage in the city of Wichita, Kansas, according to Associated Press.

The roof of a hospital in Creston, southwest of Des Moines, was damaged, but patients and staff were not hurt, AP reported.

Tornado experts had said that storms on Saturday could be a “life-threatening event”.

US tornadoes have already killed at least 39 people in 2012.

An outbreak of deadly twisters hit the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia and Alabama in early March.

At the start of April the Dallas-Fort Worth area was badly hit, with hundreds of flights being disrupted but no-one injured or killed.

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