Death Toll Rises To Six Following Tornado In Woodward


Monday, April 16th 2012, 9:07 am
By: News 9


A state emergency official says a sixth person has died after a tornado ripped through the northwest Oklahoma town of Woodward.

The sixth victim is 63-year-old Steven Peil.The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said Monday that the man died Sunday night in an Amarillo, Texas, hospital where he was taken following the early Sunday morning twister that hit Woodward.

Two men and three children were also killed in the tornado that hit the town in the early hours of Sunday, part of a storm system that stretched from Texas to Minnesota and spawned more than 120 twisters.

4/15/2012 Related Story: Massive Damage, Fatalities After Tornado Strikes Woodward

Authorities said warning sirens that did not sound in Woodward may have been disabled when lightning hit the control tower.

The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., took the unusual step of warning the region more than 24 hours in advance of a possible "high-end, life-threatening event."

4/15/2012 Related Story: Gov. Fallin, Woodward City Officials Host Press Conference

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