‘Major Damage’: Massive Tornado Hits Oklahoma City

Source: Erin McClam / NBC News

A huge tornado appeared to touch down just south of Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon, perhaps near a casino where people were sheltered, a helicopter pilot for NBC station KFOR reported.

A forecaster for the station said the tornado was kicking up a debris cloud about 2 miles wide as it tracked east into residential neighborhoods in the Moore area. It appeared as if the twister was dissipating and would miss the downtown area, The Weather Channel reported.

Parts of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area were under a tornado warning. The video showed what appeared to be a clearly defined tornado touching down outside the city.

Tens of millions of people from Texas to the Great Lakes were warned to brace for severe weather one day after a tornado outbreak killed two elderly men in Oklahoma and turned a trailer park into splinters.

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