Damage Reports Popping Up All Over Norman Area

Friday, April 13th 2012, 6:41 pm
By: News 9

A tornado touched down in Norman near highway 9 and I-35 at about 4 p.m. Friday causing damage around the area.

Several cities were affected by the tornado, including Norman, Stella, and Lake Thunderbird. Interstate 35 between mile markers 107 and 115 was also affected.

Power lines are down near SW 24th St. and Lindsey. The tornado was rain-wrapped and was difficult to see. There were reports of heavy hail near Alameda and 60th. Downed power lines closed the roads at NW 24th and Lindsey.

The Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Whittier Recreation Center located at 2000 W. Brooks in Norman.

All of the Norman Schools kept their kids inside and buses that were en route to homes were called back. Windows at Norman High have been blown out and that there is possible roof damage.

Viewers report that Longfellow Middle School received extensive damage. Others say that Andre Jackson Elementary School has been virtually wiped out, both of those reports have not been substantiated. 

We have also heard reports that part of the roof is off near Norman Regional Hospital, but again those reports are not confirmed at this time.

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The University of Oklahoma also kept students inside on campus. The OU Website says there are no reports of injuries or damage on campus.

Damage was reported in the area of Boyd Street and McGee Drive in Norman. Power lines are down near Boyd Street and Jenkins Avenue and building damage at 12th and Robinson.  Hughbert and Porter in Norman is shut down.

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