Shocking footage shows the moment customers at a Chick-Fil-A abandon their car and jump through the restaurant’s drive-thru window for shelter when a suspected tornado suddenly hit Oklahoma City on Friday night.
The twister touched down in southern Oklahoma City Friday evening with such force that a Chick-fil-A worker urged two drive-thru customers to exit their car and rush into the building for safety.
The two passengers immediately hop out of their vehicle and crawl through the window as wind is seen battering their car in the background.
Surveillance footage from inside the restaurant show workers dressed in red frantically herding customers into a safe area inside the shop, away from windows. Officials believe it was a twister that hit Friday night, according to
No one was injured in the restaurant during the tornado hit.
Shocking footage from an Oklahoma City Chick-Fil-A shows staff urge two customers to jump through the drive-thru window when a tornado hit Friday evening
This Chick-Fil-A worker is seen beckoning the customers in the car to hop inside the restaurant for shelter
One customer obliged, climbing through the small window as wind was seen whipping the car in the background
A second customer is seen jumping through the window as the tornado touched down on Friday evening
To safety: Surveillance footage from the restaurant shows the employees in red taking customers into a safe area away from windows as the twister touched ground
The customers and workers were seen running frantically as winds started to knock items on the counters onto the ground
The incident took place at this Chick-Fil-A near 1-40 and MacArthur in Oklahoma City on Friday evening
However, another devastating twister touched down in Oklahoma in El Reno on Saturday evening that killed two people, injured 29, and destroyed dozens of buildings as it ripped through a two-mile path, leaving destruction and rubble in its wake.
El Reno Mayor Matt White announced the tragic deaths during a news conference Sunday morning, saying two people were tragically killed and a motel and nearby mobile park home was destroyed by the tornado.
Sunday morning White said that some victims were still in surgery ‘as we speak’ adding, ‘there’s some absolutely major issues at this point in time’.
Sixteen people were transported by officials to hospitals in Oklahoma City and an additional 13 people were taken in private vehicles with injuries that ranged from minor to critical condition, according to
Shocking before and after pictures show the twister’s range of destruction in the town. The tornado hit six years to the date of another twister that ripped through the very same town.
According to the National Weather Service Saturday’s tornado was an EF-2 tornado. EF-2 tornadoes have winds between 111 and 135mph and can create ‘considerable damage’.
The tornado touched down and swirled across Interstate 40, decimating the American Budget Inn. More than 30 people were reportedly inside the hotel when the twister struck.
Witnesses said they saw people being pulled from the rubble of the hotel in the aftermath.
On Saturday another twister struck in El Reno, Oklahoma, completely destroying the American Budget Value Inn
The aftermath: Shocking photos taken Sunday morning show the flattened and destroyed American Budget Value Inn after the tornado tore it apart
The twister caused the roof to fall in, ripped apart walls, and left it completely decimated
There were 30 people inside the motel when the twister barreled through Saturday night
Two people were killed and 29 were injured following Saturday’s vicious twister in El Reno. An aerial shot of the American Budget Inn pictured above
Part of the roof was left exposed at the American Budget Value Inn after a tornado struck Saturday night
The motel sign and building was left completely decimated and in tatters following the twister that hit around 10.30pm
‘We have absolutely experienced a traumatic event here in El Reno,’ White told ABC News.
‘We had an incident where a tornado hit a mobile home park, a hotel and several business(es). It’s been a serious, serious event here. We have all hands on deck.’
‘It’s a very trying time for us, but we’re going to get through it,’ he added.
Onlookers have been asked to stay away from the area while rescue teams search through the debris.
Video at the scene showed emergency crews sifting through the rubble after part of the motel collapsed.
A tornado warning was issued for El Reno at 10.26pm on Saturday. The National Weather Service recorded a tornado over the city minutes later at 10.31pm.
According to the National Weather Service Saturday’s tornado was an EF-2 tornado. EF-2 tornadoes have winds between 111 and 135mph and can create ‘considerable damage’
The tornado hit through an El Reno mobile home park, completely destroying multiple homes
Emergency personnel pictured above scouring the destruction left in the wake of Saturday’s twister
A home on Route 66 is damaged after a tornado touched down overnight in El Reno, Oklahoma on Saturday
An historic railroad building owned by Farmers Feed Store was destroyed by another suspected tornado which hit Sapulpa, Oklahoma early Sunday morning
Justin Sloggett reacts while talking about his parents furniture store, The Saving Place Rustic Furniture and Mattress, after a suspected tornado destroyed their warehouse in Sapulpa, Oklahoma Sunday morning
‘This is an unfortunate example of just how quickly these types of storms can develop,’ Union City Police Department Chief Richard Stephens wrote on Facebook. ‘Please remain weather aware and be prepared.’
Loyd Roberts, of Burnet, Texas, said he was sleeping at the motel when the roof tell in.
‘That is what woke me up,’ he said to the
Tweety Garrison, 63, told The Associated Press early Sunday that she was inside her mobile home — along with her husband, two young grandchildren and a family friend — when the storm hit.
Garrison said when she heard the storm coming, she immediately hit the ground. Moments later, she heard the mobile home next door slam into hers, before it flipped over and landed on her roof.
The incident lasted around five to 10 minutes. Garrison said there was a tornado warning on her phone but the sirens did not go off until after tornado hit.
Emergency workers scour what’s left of the American Budget Motel after the tornado struck Saturday night
The tornado is believed to have touched down near the junction of Highway 81 and Interstate 40 to the south of the city
Video at the scene showed emergency crews sifting through the rubble after part of the motel’s second story collapsed
Firefighters arrive at the scene, one armed with an ax and another carrying a blow-over stop sign, as the search through the rubble of the building and the trailer park began
National Weather Service radar detected debris lofted by the El Reno tornado at a height of 7,000 feet.
The tornado struck El Reno nearly six years to the day after the city was hit by the widest tornado on record.
Eight people were killed and 151 were injured when a tornado tore through a 16.2-mile path on May 31, 2013.
Storms have ravaged central U.S. states over the last week, and are continuing to threaten major flooding into the holiday weekend.
Meteorologist Rick Smith in Norman says the suspected twister hit El Reno on Saturday night as a powerful storm system rolled through the state.
A nearby mobile home park that was in the path of the tornado was also destroyed on Saturday night. Emergency workers are pictured here sifting through the rubble of the mobile home park
A tornado warning was issued for El Reno at 10.26pm on Saturday. The National Weather Service located a tornado over the city mere minutes later at 10.31pm
Smith says crews will assess the damage on Sunday to determine the severity.
A tornado warning was issued for downtown Oklahoma City as the same thunderstorm that struck El Reno blasted into the area. A possible tornado caused damage at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, according to
A tornado was also spotted near Oktaha, Oklahoma on Sunday morning and tornado warnings were issued for Broken Arrow and Tulsa. Another suspected twister was also reported in Sapulpa, Oklahoma on Sunday morning.
Overall, there were nine reports of tornadoes Saturday, from the Texas panhandle to eastern Oklahoma.
Meteorologist Jean Suriel posted a terrifying video of the tornado that destroyed more than a dozen homes in Oklahoma on Tuesday.
Debris is seen here lying near a damaged building after a tornado touched down in El Reno on Saturday night. National Weather Service radar detected debris lofted by the El Reno tornado up to a height of 7,000 feet
Overall, there were nine reports of tornadoes Saturday and Saturday night, from the Texas panhandle to eastern Oklahoma
Suriel revealed that at least 24 tornadoes were recorded in less than 24 hours in the U.S., and 52 tornadoes had formed in even states in the span of three days last week.
Heavy rain in recent weeks has also spurred major flooding in several states.
Flooding along the Arkansas River will threaten communities from Tulsa into western Arkansas through at least the holiday weekend, officials said Friday, as water released from an Oklahoma dam combines with additional rain in the forecast.
To control flooding in Tulsa, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday began increasing the amount of water being released into the river from the Keystone Dam northwest of the city of about 400,000 people.
Storms have ravaged central US states over the last week, and are continuing to threaten major flooding into the holiday weekend. Gwen McGeorge stands in disbelief on the second level of her home following a tornado in Jefferson City, Missouri on Thursday