PARIS, Mo. (AP) – Storms that raked the Plains and Southeast tossed up a mobile home in Missouri early Thursday, killing both people inside, and spawned a tornado in Florida that sent mall shoppers and children at a day-care center running for cover.

In rural northeastern Missouri, the state Highway Patrol said Kent Ensor and Kristy Secrease had sought refuge in Secrease’s mobile home in Monroe County as a tornado approached. Their bodies were found about 400 feet from where the home had been. The home was found three-quarters of a mile away.

The National Weather Service classified the storm as an F-2 tornado that traveled one mile and had wind speeds up to 135 mph.

Several twisters hit southwestern Missouri, where a home was destroyed but no injuries were reported.

A tornado late Thursday morning in Pensacola, Fla., damaged the city’s major shopping mall as violent thunderstorms swept across the western Panhandle.

More than 30 people were injured Wednesday night when high winds blew through an Oktoberfest festival in Tulsa, Okla., collapsing two tents on the crowd.

Five of those hurt remained hospitalized Thursday.

The storm brought wind gusts ranging from 65 mph to nearly 90 mph, said Steve Piltz, a Weather Service meteorologist.


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