Severe storms had been lashing the central United States early Tuesday, hours after a twister in Oklahoma killed a minimum of one individual and destroyed elements of two communities.

A minimum of 15 tornadoes had been reported to have struck elements of the central United States by Monday evening, seven of them in Oklahoma, based on the Nationwide Weather Service. Greater than eight million individuals throughout elements of Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas had been below twister watches early Tuesday.

A twister killed one individual in town of Barnsdall, Okla., on Monday evening, stated Sheriff Eddie Virden of Osage County, who added that the tornado was as much as two miles vast. Emergency responders had been going door to door in the broken areas early Tuesday to search for individuals who had been injured, he stated.

The twister took out a few third of the small metropolis, the place it additionally injured a number of individuals who had been hospitalized in about 20 ambulances, stated Jerry Roberts, the emergency administration director in Osage County. The twister additionally lifted the roof off a nursing dwelling in Barnsdall, stated Steven Cobb, a meteorologist for the Nationwide Weather Service workplace in Tulsa.

Because the storm bore down, the Nationwide Weather Service issued a uncommon tornado emergency alert, which warns of catastrophic harm and extreme threats to human life, for about half-hour in a part of Osage County and Washington County in Oklahoma.

The twister destroyed energy traces alongside its path from Barnsdall to Bartlesville, leaving total cities with out electrical energy, Mr. Cobb stated. Barnsdall was additionally hit by a twister final month, however Monday’s twister appeared extra highly effective, estimated to be a 2 or increased on the Enhanced Fujita scale, which works from 0 to five, Mr. Cobb stated.

In Bartlesville, (*1*) stated that emergency responders had rescued trapped people in a Hampton Inn and had been recovering downed energy traces early Tuesday. They stated minor accidents had been reported, with out saying what number of.

At about 12:15 a.m. native time, the Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Oklahoma Metropolis and the world east of it.

In Garfield County, Okla., extreme climate on Monday destroyed some barns, felled timber and despatched automobiles hydroplaning into ditches, however nobody was injured, stated Mike Honigsberg, the county’s emergency administration director.

The Weather Prediction Heart warned of a slight threat of extreme rainfall over elements of the Central Plains and Center Mississippi Valley from Monday into Tuesday morning. The heavy rain may produce flash flooding in city areas, roads, small streams and low-lying areas.

Extra storms are forecast for the following couple of days, totally on Wednesday, from Texas to Ohio.

Final month, greater than two dozen tornadoes had been reported and a minimum of 5 individuals had been killed in Oklahoma and Iowa, together with an toddler, the authorities stated.

Livia Albeck-Ripka and Jesus Jiménez contributed reporting.