A tornado struck the town of El Reno in central Oklahoma state on Saturday night (local time), May 25, causing an unknown number of fatalities and several injuries, according to local officials. Significant damage was reported at a hotel and trailer park near I-44 and US-81 after the tornado touched down around 22:30. Officials closed all lanes of US-81 near the damage and have cordoned off the area. Severe weather, including tornadoes, flash flooding, hail, and strong winds, is forecast in the southern and central Plains and the Midwest for the coming hours and days.
Individuals in El Reno and Oklahoma state more generally are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas damaged by tornadoes, anticipate severe weather and associated disruptions, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
The safest place to be in a building in the event of a tornado is in the basement or on the ground floor, or in an interior hallway or stairwell. Avoid doors, windows, and walls. If a tornado is approaching, crouch face down as low as possible to the floor and cover your head with your hands, or a mattress if possible, to protect your head from falling debris.
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