Gov. Mary Fallin and Woodward city officials held a news conference, Sunday afternoon , in response to the tornado that devastated the Woodward area in the early morning hours causing massive damage and claiming the lives of at least five residents.
Fallin declared a State of Emergency for 12 Oklahoma counties due to tornadoes, severe storms, straight line winds and flooding that began Friday, April 13.
The counties included in the declaration are: Alfalfa, Caddo, Canadian, Cleveland, Ellis, Harper, Jackson, Kiowa, Logan, Oklahoma, Woods and Woodward.
"My thoughts and prayers go out to those families who have lost loved ones or seen their homes destroyed," Fallin said. "The state of Oklahoma is currently doing everything it can to provide relief to the communities in the path of last night's storms and tornadoes. We will continue to work to provide every bit of assistance that we can in the coming days."
Fallin toured the tornado damage in Woodward at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.