Trooper says at least 1 dead after tornado hits Quapaw, Okla.; extent of damage still unknown

QUAPAW, Okla. -- A trooper says a tornado has killed at least one person in the small northeastern Oklahoma town of Quapaw.

Six others were transported to the hospital.

PHOTO GALLERY: Damage from April 27, 2014 tornadoes

The twister hit the community near Oklahoma's borders with Kansas and Missouri around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

A bank, church and tire shop are among the buildings that were hit.

There is extensive damage along Main Street, including the Quapaw Fire Department. Officials blocked the entrances into town following the storm.

Mason Williams saw the tornado from Baxter Springs, Kan.

"It's definitely something hard to take in. You kind of look around. You never think it would  hit your particular town and once it does it's a really unsettling feeling," he said.

The tornado was one of several spawned by a large storm front moving through the Midwest and South. There have been no other reported deaths due to the storms.

Tulsa Area Red Cross arrived on scene to help with sheltering operations in response to the storm. 

According to 2010 census, Quapaw had 906 residents. It was established in 1917 as a railroad stop to transport hay and other agricultural items. Route 66 was built through Quapaw in the 1920s and paved in 1933.

In 2008, a tornado hit the small town of Picher, Okla. just six miles from Quapaw.

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