Two People Injured As Severe Weather Pounds Northwest Oklahoma


Monday, April 9th 2012, 7:02 pm
By: News 9


At least one tornado has touched down and hail the size of softballs has pounded northwestern Oklahoma, injuring two people and damaging a county jail and numerous vehicles.

The National Weather Service says the tornado was spotted about 3 miles south-southwest of Woodward about 5:30 p.m. Monday. In Woodward, hail ranging in size from an inch to 4.25 inches broke out vehicle windows and damaged roofs.

Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbauer says an infant was cut by glass when hail knocked out windows in its parents' vehicle. Lehenbauer says he didn't believe the baby was seriously hurt.

Sheriff Gary Stanley says hail broke every skylight in the jail and one hail stone cut an inmate on the back.

Stanley says the hail damage caused the roof to leak.

Several Oklahoma counties are still under tornado watches Monday evening.

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Officials say the storm contained damaging hail to the size of a baseball or larger. News 9 viewers sent us pictures of hail damage Monday afternoon. You can click on the Slideshow to see those pictures.

Tornado Spotted, Hail Causes Damage in NW Oklahoma

Several Oklahoma counties, including Custer County, Dewey County, and Roger Mills County, are also under a severe thunderstorm warning.

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