Deadly tornadoes ripped through the Central Plains Sunday, killing at least two in Oklahoma and injuring 21 statewide.
The victims – Glen Irish, 79, and Billy Hutchinson, 76 – lived in Shawnee, Okla., one of the areas hardest hit by the storm, which annihilated a nearby mobile home park and left trailers piled on top of one another, the Associated Press reports. This CNN Newsource video shows terrifying footage of a truck that overturned and was teetering on the overpass of a major interstate highway in Oklahoma, halting traffic for hours.
As John Welsh, chopper pilot for Oklahoma’s News Channel 4 (KFOR), described the destruction on air:
“Everything was just gone. You see like beds in the yard, like you took the house, you put it in a gigantic blender, you turned it on pulse for a couple of minutes, and then you just dumped it out.”
In Kansas, a tornado boasting 110-mph winds landed in Wichita near Mid-Continent Airport, while two landed in Iowa near Des Moines and Huxley, as deadly storms swept through the central U.S., from Texas to Minnesota. Last week, tornadoes destroyed a Habitat for Humanity site in North Texas, killing six.