Twister Touches Down in Oklahoma City

Tuesday, February 10th 2009, 12:16 pm
By: News 9

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- A severe storm produced at least one tornado in central Oklahoma and another in south central Oklahoma Tuesday, knocking out power lines, damaging structures and injuring people.  

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Much of the damage was reported from the Edmond area. Claudia Deakins, the city spokeswoman, said it could take some time before the city has a clear estimate of damage.

Along with the tornado, the storm dropped a large amount of rain throughout central Oklahoma, closing roads. As of Tuesday evening, the following roads remained closed to the public:

• NW 164th & County Line
• Waterloo between Meridian & Portland

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According to Deakins, Edmond Electric has 700 homes without power, all in the area around Oak Tree. Crews are still working to restore power and said all power should be restored by 11 p.m.

No deaths were reported from Tuesday's twister, but there were however, an unknown number of emergency personnel injured in a second tornado that produced in Lone Grove, south of Oklahoma City near the Texas border.

Three people died in twister that touched down in Lone Grove.

Schools in Edmond, Guthrie, Oklahoma City, Bethany and other areas locked down during the storm waiting for it to pass.

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Oklahoma City fire officials reported damage to buildings in northwest Oklahoma with downed power lines trapping some motorists.

Oklahoma Gas and Electric spokesman Brian Alford said as many as 14,000 customers were without power by late afternoon.

The only immediate injury report is from Emergency Management Services Authority spokeswoman Lara O'Leary who says one person was apparently cut by glass that blew out of a window.

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Boulder Ridge Apartments in NW Oklahoma City were hit by Tuesday's tornado, leaving its residents dazed by the damage.

"It's just still going through my mind right now," resident Chad Ford said. "I just seen it, I just walked's still blurred, kind of."

Behind the complex, on Whitehall Drive, the home of Sondra Braggs was also damaged.

"You know, you hear about it and see it on TV, but you just don't know when it's going to happen to you," Braggs said. "It happened."

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The Salvation Army OKC deployed two mobile feeding units near NW Expressway and Rockwell. Also, one mobile feeding unit was deployed to Perkins, where thousands were without power. Several other units are on standby to be deployed wherever needed.

Red Cross opened a shelter at Waterloo Road Baptist Church, 3100 E Waterloo Road. The shelter closed at 10 p.m. A second shelter was opened at Messiah Lutheran Church, 3600 NW Expressway in Oklahoma City.

The Red Cross also has a "Safe and Well" online system that allows people to let others know they're safe. People can access "Safe and Well" online or call the Red Cross chapter in Oklahoma City at 405-228-9500.

Yukon Police Department reported four police cars damaged, windshield damage by the hail storm.

Check out the latest power outages on OG&E's System Watch page.

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