Oklahoma hit by deadly tornadoes

At least five people have been killed in tornadoes that have battered parts of the US state of Oklahoma, disaster officials say.

The storms forced road closures, ripped up trees and flattened homes.

Department of emergency management spokesman Jerry Lojka said two people died in Oklahoma City and three were killed in Cleveland County.

Oklahoma was also hit by a deadly tornado in February, when at least eight people were killed.

Jamie Keyes, of Norman, about 20 miles (30km) south of Oklahoma City, told the Associated Press news agency she felt fortunate to have survived the latest storm unscathed.

“The kids and I got in the closet and prayed,” she said. “I heard a hiss. It was like something was whistling very loud.”

Emergency officials said 58 people had been injured in the storm.

Forecasters warned that the weather system was heading for Arkansas.

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