Officials say six people have died after a tornado struck the northwestern Oklahoma town of Woodward shortly after midnight Saturday night.
The tornado formed around midnight in Harper, Ellis and Woodward counties and rapidly moved to the northeast and was described as a "large and dangerous" tornado.
The Woodward News reported on its Twitter feed that there were power lines down, reports of people trapped in collapsed homes in area of 34th Street and Oklahoma Avenue, reports of houses destroyed on Cheyenne Drive and people covered by debris, working to start rescue efforts.
Woodward Mayor Roscoe Hill said tornado sirens that had sounded for an earlier warning Saturday afternoon apparently did not go off during the deadly storm.
Woodward County sheriff's officials confirmed two fatalities in the Tangier-Blacktop Area. Later, the Medical Examiner's office confirmed that there had been three additional fatalities.
Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokesperson Keli Cain reported several other injuries, but the severity of those injuries was not known. Search and rescue efforts are continuing at this time.
A Red Cross shelter was opened at the Woodward County Fairgrounds, but was moved to Living Word Fellowship Church because of power problems.
Another storm to the south also prompted a tornado warning. There were no confirmations of tornado touchdowns with that storm.
These storms are expected to continue an eastward track and impact northeastern Oklahoma by early Sunday morning.
A tornado watch was in effect for much of central and western Oklahoma through 6 a.m. and includes Lincoln, Osage, Pawnee and Payne counties in the Tulsa's Channel 8 viewing area.
Governor Mary Fallin began touring the Woodward area by helicopter following a press conference at 3:00 p.m. Sunday.
Stay with Tulsa's Channel 8 for the latest severe weather information.
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