The incident lasted around five to 10 minutes. It remains unclear how many people were injured. The deadly storm comes just days after the area was hit by widespread flooding. The police department in nearby Union City, Okla., confirmed in a Facebook post that “serious injuries and fatalities” occurred. The identities of the victims has not been revealed. The tornado is believed to have touched down in the area of Highway 81 and Interstate 40. Overturned cars and twisted metal could be seen.The American Budget Value Inn was heavily damaged by the storm. At the motel site, multiple people remained unaccounted for.
The mayor described the scene at the mobile home park as “horrific,” and “decimated.” Late Saturday, the National Weather Service office in Norman, Okla., sent out a Twitter message warning Oklahoma residents of an approaching tornado. Earlier Saturday, President Trump approved an emergency declaration to assist Oklahoma after flooding damaged more than 1,000 homes. Storms have ravaged central U.S. states over the last week. Heavy rain has also spurred major flooding in several states.