Multiple Tornadoes Touch Down Across Oklahoma
Staff and Wire Reports
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Several tornadoes touched down across the state Wednesday damaging several homes and businesses and destroying at least two structures.
The National Weather Service reported tornadoes in mostly sparsely populated areas of central and northern Oklahoma, although warnings extended as far south and east as the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metropolitan areas.
The National Weather Service reported tornadoes near Leedey in Dewey County, near Douglas in Garfield County, near Marshall in Logan County and near Loyal, Hennessey in Kingfisher County, near Wynnewood in Garvin County, and in Stillwater in Payne County.
Rob Hill with the Stillwater Emergency Management office said two mobile homes and a barn were destroyed and several houses and businesses were damaged when tornadoes touched down briefly Wednesday evening. Hill said there were no reports of injuries.
The weather service also said tornadoes damaged buildings and trees in Murray County, battered trees in Garvin County and damaged an outbuilding near Prague.
About 5,650 electric customers lost power.
Several areas reported large hail. One report was up to baseball size.
A very large tornado touched down around 4:40 and barely missed Hennessey. It was on the ground for at least six or seven minutes. The twister brushed closely to the west and northwest side of the city, but there are no reports of major damage. After it disappeared, another, smaller rope tornado briefly touched down from the same cloud.
SkyNEWS 9 HD also reported a tornado just south of Marshall.
The Kingfisher Fire Department reported power lines down in the area, just 2 miles west of Loyal. They also said an overturned semi was struck by a tornado about 2 miles south of Dover. Emergency management director Steve Loftis said the driver was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries that weren't considered life-threatening.
Power lines are down inside the city of Loyal. Damage was reported to one unoccupied trailer in a trailer park on the west side of Loyal. Residents have also said large trees have been uprooted in the area.
Residents reported major hail damage in Canton with broken windows and destroyed wheat fields.
Severe storms rolled through northern Oklahoma Wednesday morning. The storms were concentrated in north central Oklahoma this morning moving through the Enid and Ponca City areas. A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect for north central and northwestern Oklahoma until 10 a.m.
Authorities said at least one person was hurt as severe weather raked across northern Oklahoma Wednesday morning. Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Michelann Ooten said a truck driver was injured when straight-line winds blew over a semi on Interstate 35 near Tonkawa. The driver was taken to a local hospital and his condition was not known, Ooten said. Two other semitrailers also were blown over on the interstate, she said.
The National Weather Service said at least three tornadoes may have touched down overnight Wednesday in far northwestern Oklahoma, including one near Arnett and two near Guymon.
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