Tornados touch down in El Reno and Union City, suburbs of Oklahoma City, death toll rises to nine

Multiple homes were destroyed, 104 injured

UNION CITY, Okla. (KJRH) - Some of the hardest areas are west of Oklahoma City. In Union City multiple homes were destroyed in last night’s storms.

As the sun rose Saturday morning, residents got a closer look at the damage to their homes.

There are about a dozen structures in this part of Union City. It is a rural community -- many of these lots are five acres.

One of the homes on the end -- that of Kris Meritt's parents-- is actually a llama farm.

Meritt said all the homes in this area were destroyed by last night's tornadoes, including his parents.

He has been out here all night going through their things and also trying to protect any possessions they might be able to salvage.

For the last week, Meritt has been out helping the people of Shawnee and Moore, who suffered huge tornadoes last week.

He is now on the other side, and he needs help.

“It's sobering,” he said. “You think you know what it is, but words can't describe whenever you walk into your parent's house…"

Saturday morning, the Oklahoma Medical Examiner confirmed nine dead in the wake of Friday night's tornadoes.

A press conference is scheduled this morning at the Canadian County Sheriff's office down the road in El Reno, to provide a better understanding of the damage for El Reno and Union City.

 

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