‘The room looked like a bomb hit it’: Two killed, dozens injured in tornado that hit El Reno

Robert Medley and Ben FelderStaff writersEL RENO — Already turned in for the night at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sidonna Jeans said her bed started to bounce as a tornado dropped down on her El Reno mobile home.
“My window is right in front of me and I watched my friend’s trailer turn over like it was nothing," said Jeans, 60, who lives at the Skyview Estates mobile home park near the intersection of Highway 81 and 66.
Jeans said her trailer was left leaning on its side, forcing her to spend the night at a local Veterans of Foreign Wars post that became a shelter for about 25 people left homeless from Saturday's storm.
A night of severe weather throughout Oklahoma left parts of El Reno in shambles following a tornado the National Weather Service gave an EF-2 rating, which indicates wind speeds up to 135 mph.
Two were killed and at least 16 people were taken to area hospitals, where some were undergoing surgery Sunday morning, said El Reno Mayor Matt White.
“It’s been a trying time here,” White said.
First responders spent much of Sunday morning searching Skyview Estates and the American Budget Inn, which had much of its second floor missing.
“The roof caved in, desk flipped over, the room looked like a bomb hit it,” said Loyd Roberts, who said he was asleep in the motel when the tornado hit.
“I pulled the sheet rock off of me and started looking for people.Read more on NewsOK.com

Robert Medley and Ben Felder
Staff writers

EL RENO — Already turned in for the night at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sidonna Jeans said her bed started to bounce as a tornado dropped down on her El Reno mobile home.

“My window is right in front of me and I watched my friend’s trailer turn over like it was nothing," said Jeans, 60, who lives at the Skyview Estates mobile home park near the intersection of Highway 81 and 66.

Jeans said her trailer was left leaning on its side, forcing her to spend the night at a local Veterans of Foreign Wars post that became a shelter for about 25 people left homeless from Saturday's storm.

A night of severe weather throughout Oklahoma left parts of El Reno in shambles following a tornado the National Weather Service gave an EF-2 rating, which indicates wind speeds up to 135 mph.

Two were killed and at least 16 people were taken to area hospitals, where some were undergoing surgery Sunday morning, said El Reno Mayor Matt White.

“It’s been a trying time here,” White said.

First responders spent much of Sunday morning searching Skyview Estates and the American Budget Inn, which had much of its second floor missing.

“The roof caved in, desk flipped over, the room looked like a bomb hit it,” said Loyd Roberts, who said he was asleep in the motel when the tornado hit.

“I pulled the sheet rock off of me and started looking for people.
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