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A tornado alert has been issued for parts of Oklahoma (AP)

A tornado alert has been issued for parts of Oklahoma (AP)

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US President Barack Obama arrives at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Oklahoma (AP)

US President Barack Obama arrives at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Oklahoma (AP)

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US President Barack Obama embraces a school official in Moore, Oklahoma (AP)

US President Barack Obama embraces a school official in Moore, Oklahoma (AP)

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US President Barack Obama arrives at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Oklahoma (AP)

US President Barack Obama arrives at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Oklahoma (AP)

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A fire burns in the Tower Plaza Addition in Moore, Oklahoma following a tornado (AP/Sue Ogrocki)

A fire burns in the Tower Plaza Addition in Moore, Oklahoma following a tornado (AP/Sue Ogrocki)

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A massive tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, flattened entire neighbourhoods (AP/Steve Gooch)

A massive tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, flattened entire neighbourhoods (AP/Steve Gooch)

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Rescue workers dig through the rubble of the Plaza Tower Elementary School to free trapped students in Moore, Oklahoma (AP/Sue Ogrocki)

Rescue workers dig through the rubble of the Plaza Tower Elementary School to free trapped students in Moore, Oklahoma (AP/Sue Ogrocki)

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A teacher hugs a child at Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school (AP/The Oklahoman, Paul Hellstern)

A teacher hugs a child at Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school (AP/The Oklahoman, Paul Hellstern)

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A woman is pulled out from under tornado debris at the Plaza Towers School in Moore, Oklahoma (AP/Sue Ogrocki)

A woman is pulled out from under tornado debris at the Plaza Towers School in Moore, Oklahoma (AP/Sue Ogrocki)

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A tornado passes across south Oklahoma City (AP/The Oklahoman, Paul Hellstern)

A tornado passes across south Oklahoma City (AP/The Oklahoman, Paul Hellstern)

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An aerial photo shows the remains of houses in Moore, Oklahoma after the tornado hit (AP)

An aerial photo shows the remains of houses in Moore, Oklahoma after the tornado hit (AP)

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A woman carries her child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma (AP, Sue Ogrocki)

A woman carries her child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma (AP, Sue Ogrocki)

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An American flag flaps in the wind near Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma (AP/The Dallas Morning News, Brad Loper)

An American flag flaps in the wind near Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma (AP/The Dallas Morning News, Brad Loper)

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A tornado passes across south Oklahoma City, Monday, May 20, 2013. A monstrous tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening entire neighborhoods with winds up to 200 mph, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Paul Hellstern)

A tornado passes across south Oklahoma City, Monday, May 20, 2013. A monstrous tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening entire neighborhoods with winds up to 200 mph, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Paul Hellstern)

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MOORE, OK - MAY 20:  In this handout provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Soldiers and Airmen with the Oklahoma Army National Guard and the Oklahoma Air National Guard along with firefighters participate in recovery efforts after a tornado moved through on May 20, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The town reported a tornado to be at least EF4 strength and two miles wide that touched down Monday killing at least 24 people and leveling everything in its path. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts.  (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kendall James/U.S. Department of Defense via Getty Images)

MOORE, OK - MAY 20: In this handout provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Soldiers and Airmen with the Oklahoma Army National Guard and the Oklahoma Air National Guard along with firefighters participate in recovery efforts after a tornado moved through on May 20, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The town reported a tornado to be at least EF4 strength and two miles wide that touched down Monday killing at least 24 people and leveling everything in its path. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kendall James/U.S. Department of Defense via Getty Images)

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A child calls to his father after being pulled from the rubble of the Tower Plaza Elementary School following a tornado in Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. A tornado as much as a mile (1.6 kilometers) wide with winds up to 200 mph (320 kph) roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on the elementary school. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

A child calls to his father after being pulled from the rubble of the Tower Plaza Elementary School following a tornado in Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. A tornado as much as a mile (1.6 kilometers) wide with winds up to 200 mph (320 kph) roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on the elementary school. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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Damaged vehicles from Monday's tornado can be seen in the parking lot of the Moore Medical Center Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Oklahoma. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Damaged vehicles from Monday's tornado can be seen in the parking lot of the Moore Medical Center Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Oklahoma. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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An American flag blows in the wind at sunrise atop the rubble of a destroyed home a day after a tornado moved through Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. The monstrous tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds up to 200 mph. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

An American flag blows in the wind at sunrise atop the rubble of a destroyed home a day after a tornado moved through Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. The monstrous tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds up to 200 mph. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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Briarwood Elementary P.E. teacher Mike Murphy comforts Aiden Stuck, 7, as he waits for his mother at the school after a tornado destroyed Briarwood Elementary and struck south Oklahoma City and Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013.(AP Photo/ The Oklahoman, Nate Billings)

Briarwood Elementary P.E. teacher Mike Murphy comforts Aiden Stuck, 7, as he waits for his mother at the school after a tornado destroyed Briarwood Elementary and struck south Oklahoma City and Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013.(AP Photo/ The Oklahoman, Nate Billings)

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People walk through a neighborhood south of SW 149th between Western and Hudson after a tornado struck south Oklahoma City and Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/ The Oklahoman, Nate Billings)

People walk through a neighborhood south of SW 149th between Western and Hudson after a tornado struck south Oklahoma City and Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/ The Oklahoman, Nate Billings)

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Teachers carry children away from Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City, Okla, Monday, May 20, 2013. Near SW 149th and Hudson.   (AP Photo/ The Oklahoman,  Paul Hellstern)

Teachers carry children away from Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City, Okla, Monday, May 20, 2013. Near SW 149th and Hudson. (AP Photo/ The Oklahoman, Paul Hellstern)

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Teachers carry children away from Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City, Monday, May 20, 2013. A monstrous tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening entire neighborhoods with winds up to 200 mph, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Paul Hellstern)

Teachers carry children away from Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City, Monday, May 20, 2013. A monstrous tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening entire neighborhoods with winds up to 200 mph, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Paul Hellstern)

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MOORE, OK - MAY 21:  Daniel Garbelman begins cleanup of his yard after it was damaged by a tornado May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The town reported a tornado of at least EF4 strength and two miles wide that touched down yesterday killing at least 24 people and leveling everything in its path. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts.  (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

MOORE, OK - MAY 21: Daniel Garbelman begins cleanup of his yard after it was damaged by a tornado May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The town reported a tornado of at least EF4 strength and two miles wide that touched down yesterday killing at least 24 people and leveling everything in its path. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

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MOORE, OK - MAY 21:  Debris lies around homes one block north of Plaza Towers Elementary school after the area was damaged by a tornado May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The town reported a tornado of at least EF4 strength and two miles wide that touched down yesterday killing at least 24 people and leveling everything in its path. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts.  (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

MOORE, OK - MAY 21: Debris lies around homes one block north of Plaza Towers Elementary school after the area was damaged by a tornado May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The town reported a tornado of at least EF4 strength and two miles wide that touched down yesterday killing at least 24 people and leveling everything in its path. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 21:  (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the tornadoes that impacted Oklahoma yesterday in the State Dining Room at the White House May 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. The town of Moore, Oklahoma reported a tornado to be at least EF4 strength and two miles wide that touched down Monday killing at least 24 people and leveling everything in its path. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 21: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the tornadoes that impacted Oklahoma yesterday in the State Dining Room at the White House May 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. The town of Moore, Oklahoma reported a tornado to be at least EF4 strength and two miles wide that touched down Monday killing at least 24 people and leveling everything in its path. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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MOORE, OK - MAY 20:   In this handout provided by NASA from it's MODIS satellite, a storm system that generated a EF4 tornado is captured at 19:40 UTC on May 20, 2013 over Moore, Oklahoma. The town reported a tornado to be at least EF4 strength and two miles wide that touched down Monday killing at least 24 people and leveling everything in its path. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts.  (Photo by NASA via Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***

MOORE, OK - MAY 20: In this handout provided by NASA from it's MODIS satellite, a storm system that generated a EF4 tornado is captured at 19:40 UTC on May 20, 2013 over Moore, Oklahoma. The town reported a tornado to be at least EF4 strength and two miles wide that touched down Monday killing at least 24 people and leveling everything in its path. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***

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Alli Christian, left, helps Jessica Wilkinson as she looks for her dog Bella after Wilkinson returned to find her home near 156th street and Franklin Road destroyed by a tornado, Sunday, May 19, 2013, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Steve Sisney)

Alli Christian, left, helps Jessica Wilkinson as she looks for her dog Bella after Wilkinson returned to find her home near 156th street and Franklin Road destroyed by a tornado, Sunday, May 19, 2013, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Steve Sisney)

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Rescuers recover a horse from the remains of a day care center and destroyed barns, Monday, May 20, 2013  in Moore, Okla. A monstrous tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening entire neighborhoods with winds up to 200 mph, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Steve Sisney)

Rescuers recover a horse from the remains of a day care center and destroyed barns, Monday, May 20, 2013 in Moore, Okla. A monstrous tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening entire neighborhoods with winds up to 200 mph, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Steve Sisney)

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A woman carries a child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. The relationship between the woman and the child was not immediately known. A tornado as much as half a mile (.8 kilometers) wide with winds up to 200 mph (320 kph) roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (AP Photo Sue Ogrocki)

A woman carries a child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. The relationship between the woman and the child was not immediately known. A tornado as much as half a mile (.8 kilometers) wide with winds up to 200 mph (320 kph) roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (AP Photo Sue Ogrocki)

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Alli Christian, left, returns Jessica Wilkinson's dog Bella to her after finding the pet amid the wreckage of Wilkinson's home shortly after a tornado struck near 156th street and Franklin Road on Sunday, May 19, 2013, in Norman, Okla. No one was in the home when the storm struck.  (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Steve Sisney)

Alli Christian, left, returns Jessica Wilkinson's dog Bella to her after finding the pet amid the wreckage of Wilkinson's home shortly after a tornado struck near 156th street and Franklin Road on Sunday, May 19, 2013, in Norman, Okla. No one was in the home when the storm struck. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Steve Sisney)

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A tornado alert has been issued for parts of Oklahoma (AP)

Motorists have been hurt in a storm that hit the Oklahoma City area and others are missing, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has said.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado emergency for the city's downtown area, airport and several suburbs as the storm rolled through central Oklahoma.

Trooper Betsy Randolph said numerous vehicles were damaged in the storm and that many motorists are stranded. The Highway Patrol is urging motorists to get off Interstate 40 and drive to the south.

A tornado touched down near El Reno and the storm moved to the east, toward Oklahoma City. Television cameras showed debris in the air.

A storm last week killed 24 at Moore, on Oklahoma City's south side. The new storm is north of Moore.

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