Violent tornadoes sweep through Oklahoma, claiming two lives

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JOHNSTON COUNTY, Okla. -- Two people have been killed by strong tornadoes that swept across portions of southern Oklahoma.

Johnston County Sheriff's Sgt. Stacey Pulley says a man died Monday near the town of Connerville. A storm earlier in the day killed a man in a home near Wynnewood.

The emergency director in Garvin County, Oklahoma, Bud Ramming, said a man believed to be in his late 70's was found dead in a home.

The twister was among a number of violent storms that raked the Plains on Monday. The Storm Prediction Center said portions of the Plains and the Ozarks faced a "substantial tornado risk" into Monday night. Some of Monday's weather has been so bad that forecasters declared a "tornado emergency" for the towns of Roff and Hickory, which were in the path of a storm.

Officials in other communities said a number of homes were damaged by tornadoes.