Severe Thunder Storms Rumble Across Oklahoma


Wednesday, April 17th 2013, 11:17 pm
By: News 9


Severe, tornado-producing storms slowly made their way across Oklahoma Wednesday, causing damage in parts, power outages and some flooding.

A lightning strike ignited a fire at a tank battery near NE 4th and Bryant Ave. in Oklahoma City. A square mile around the scene, NE 4th and Bryant to NE 10th and Martin Luther King Blvd., had to be evacuated as the large fire, despite all of the rain, continued to burn in the direction of a propane tank. Fire crews from the small town of Amber responded to that blaze.

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A small fire was reported on the sign of the Chase Building on NW Expressway and Portland Ave. Lightning is believed to have started that fire. Power lines were reported down near SE 149th St. in Oklahoma City.

Major flooding was reported on northbound Interstate 235 (Broadway Ext.) that serves as the main thoroughfare for fans leaving the thunder game, heading back to the north side and to Edmond.

The worst part of that flooding was seen underneath the train tracks, between the NW 50th St and NW 36th St. exits. Fans heading back home from the game are encouraged to find another route. Some cars had been reported to have stalled out in the high-water flooding the area.

Emergency crews in Norman were called to a high-water rescue near 48th Ave. and W. Robinson. No word yet on the status of that rescue. Scanner reports indicate that the storm had blown some transformers around the city and downed some utility poles.

Although the tornado sirens were sounded, the Norman Police Chief says no major damage has been reported so far.

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Police in Chickasha reported several power outages and trees down around the city. Police also say they have responded to people trapped in their cars due to flooding. No major injuries have been reported.

State Highway in Medicine Park was closed due to flooding.

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