2 dead, 39 injured from Oklahoma tornado

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Posted on May 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — As Oklahoma's governor tours areas that were damaged by yesterday's tornadoes, residents are watching for more of the same kind of weather. Forecasters are warning of tornadoes and damaging hail later today.

A tornado near Shawnee left two people dead yesterday. The two men in their 70s were found in or near a mobile home park outside Shawnee that was leveled by the twister. At least 39 others throughout Oklahoma were injured.

One man who sought refuge in a storm cellar with his wife and two children emerged to find that their mobile home had vanished. James Hoke said, "Everything is gone."

Residents of Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri are also being warned to watch for bad weather today.

A tornado that touched down in Wichita, Kan., yesterday knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses, but missed the most populated areas of Kansas' biggest city.

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168-a-07-(Veronica Stibham (STIH'-buhm), Shawnee resident, in AP interview)-"probably that big"-Veronica Stibham describes the hail that pummeled from the sky as yesterday's tornado moved through Shawnee. (20 May 2013)

<<CUT *168 (05/20/13)>> 00:07 "probably that big"

139-a-14-(Liz Leitman (LYT'-man), meteorologist, NOAA Storm Prediction Center, in AP interview)-"to take action"-NOAA Storm Prediction Center meteorologist Liz Leitman has advice for people living in the heartland: be weather-aware again today. (20 May 2013)

<<CUT *139 (05/20/13)>> 00:14 "to take action"

136-a-04-(Liz Leitman (LYT'-man), meteorologist, NOAA Storm Prediction Center, in AP interview)-"for today unfortunately"-Storm Prediction Center meteorologist Liz Leitman says tornadoes could hit again today in parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas. (20 May 2013)

<<CUT *136 (05/20/13)>> 00:04 "for today unfortunately"

GRAPHICSBANK: A flag flies in the debris of a mobile home after a tornado struck a mobile home park near Dale, Oklahoma, graphic element on gray (20 May 2013)

APPHOTO OKSO109: A resident who did not want to give his name, searches through the rubble of his mobile home, in the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park, destroyed by Sunday's tornado, near Shawnee, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. The tornado that slammed into Oklahoma on Sunday is now blamed for two deaths. Authorities say two men in their 70s have been found dead in or near a mobile home park outside of Shawnee. (AP Photo Sue Ogrocki) (20 May 2013)

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APPHOTO OKSO105: Zach Champion digs through the rubble of his mobile home for his belongings, Monday, May 20, 2013, in the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park, destroyed in Sunday's tornado, near Shawnee, Okla. (AP Photo Sue Ogrocki) (20 May 2013)

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