Cleanup Begins After Severe Storms Rip Through Moore, Sand Springs

Thursday, March 26th 2015, 9:23 am

By: News 9

Residents are beginning to assess and clean up damage Thursday morning, after severe storms ripped through Oklahoma on Wednesday.

Severe storms bringing hail, high winds, and tornadoes ripped through the state of Oklahoma, Wednesday. All of which, has resulted in multiple injuries, power outages, and school closing.

A tornado touched down in Sand Springs Wednesday evening, hitting a mobile home park. We know one person is dead and several others are injured. There is also widespread damage throughout Tulsa.

3/25/2015 Related Story: Severe Weather Rips Through Oklahoma Wednesday

A tornado touched down two miles west of the OKC Fairgrounds with multiple power flashes visible from the air. Damage reports of homes and buildings came in from the area of 7th and 10th at Rockwell Ave.

Then, around 6:35 p.m., a tornado near S.W. 4th St. and crossed Interstate 35 in Moore. Then, another was spotted in the same pathway tornadoes took in Moore's 2013 tornado.

Thursday morning, we learned that there is widespread damage throughout the city of Moore. At least 24 people were injured as a result of Wednesday evening's tornado. Fortunately, all of those injuries are minor.

Southgate Elementary School, located at 500 N. Norman Ave. in Moore, was heavily damage in Wednesday evening's storms. Both Moore and Western Heights have canceled classes Thursday.

Check school closings here.

Western Heights Superintendent Joe Kitchens said they closed schools because of the downed power lines on Council. Some of the high transmission lines are on Council Grove Elementary on Melrose and Council. He said that school, and another school is without power (probably Greenvale Elementary) and that affects 40 percent of the school district. 

Many students in Moore are spending they day off helping with the cleanup efforts. 

Thursday morning, Governor Mary Fallin, along with state emergency management and local officials, surveyed damage caused by tornadoes Wednesday evening in Moore.

The governor held a news conference at 9 a.m. in Moore, and declared a State of Emergency in 25 counties across Oklahoma. 

A landmark in Moore is destroyed in this tornado. We're talking about the Old KOMA radio towers. 

The tower is snapped in half. KOKC 15-20 is now being streamed on 15-60-AM and 103.1 FM.

Volunteers can report to Moore Community Center at 301 S. Howard, at 9 a.m. to help with cleanup in the Moore area. Wear gloves for debris removal.

There is heavy storm damage in this neighborhood on N.W. 7th and Rockwell in Oklahoma City. Homeowners are out Thursday morning cleaning up after the mess. Trees are down and even split into several parts after a lightning strike took them out.

As of 12 p.m., more than 5,000 OG&E customers are still without power, according to OG&E System Watch. 

We have multiple crews at the most affected areas. Stay with News 9 and for updates. 


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