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5:19 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Forecasters estimates 75 storms hit the Great Plains

Tornado damage near Woodward
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Forecasters say it appears about 75 tornadoes touched down in four Great Plains states Saturday.

Meteorologist Greg Carbin at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman says most of the tornadoes were in Kansas, followed by Oklahoma, Iowa and Nebraska. The tornadoes hit during a 24-hour period from 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday after forecasters warned of a "high risk" of severe weather.

At least six deaths are blamed on a storm that went through Woodward and destroyed more than 100 homes and businesses. Dozens of people were injured.

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12:01 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Boy dies after he's struck by train in Claremore

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CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — Claremore police say a boy has died after he was struck by a train Sunday night.

Police say the incident happened at about 9:30 p.m. at a railroad crossing at Seventh Street and Missouri Avenue in Claremore.

Police described the victim as a juvenile boy but did not release his name or age. Police say the boy was taken to a Claremore hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police say no one on the Union Pacific freight train was injured.

Local & Regional
11:57 am
Mon April 16, 2012

3.9 magnitude earthquake recorded in central Oklahoma

This map shows where the earthquake was felt. The brighter the color, the strong it was felt.
UISGS Map

SPARKS, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a 3.9 magnitude earthquake in Lincoln County.

The county sheriff's office says there have been no reports of injuries or damage.

The USGS reports the quake was recorded at 3:12 a.m. Monday between Sparks and Prague — about 45 miles east of Oklahoma City.

Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are felt by humans.

Local & Regional
7:01 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Tornado does damage near Tahlequah

Cherokee County is colored red

ELDON, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a possible tornado destroyed two mobile homes, numerous trees and some outbuildings in eastern Oklahoma, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

The National Weather Service says the storm hit about 9:20 a.m. Sunday near Eldon in Cherokee County. A sheriff's dispatcher says no injuries were reported, but two mobile homes "are gone."

Tree damage also was reported about 6 miles east of Tahlequah and near Oklahoma Highway 51, where authorities say a barn and a shed also were damaged.

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Local & Regional
6:53 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Sixth person dies in tornado outbreak

Woodward Tornado Timeline
National Weather Service-Norman

WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbauer says a sixth person has died as a result of injuries suffered in a deadly tornado.

Lehenbauer 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. The man's name and age were not released.

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

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Local & Regional
9:07 am
Sun April 15, 2012

Tulsa Police find elderly woman dead inside home

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say an elderly woman has been found dead inside her home in Tulslsa.

Officers were called to the house in east Tulsa about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Homicide detectives responded to the scene, after learning that the woman was wearing a trash bag like a poncho.

But detectives now believe no foul play was involved.

She may have died on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Local & Regional
9:00 am
Sun April 15, 2012

3.0 quake in east-central Oklahoma

USGS

3.0 earthquake recorded in east-central Oklahoma

LAMAR, Okla. (AP) — A small earthquake has been reported in east-central Oklahoma.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 3.0-magnitude quake struck about 12:35 a.m. Saturday 7 miles east-southeast of Lamar in Hughes County. Lamar is about 74 miles south of Tulsa.

A sheriff's office dispatcher said she wasn't aware of any injuries or damage being reported. Emergency Management Director John Roberts said the only reports he had received from the area were from the media.

Local & Regional
8:50 am
Sun April 15, 2012

Five Dead in Woodward Twister

Tornado damage near Woodward
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities say search and rescue crews are combing an area of northwest Oklahoma around the towns of Woodward and Tangier after a tornado just after midnight, local time, left five people confirmed dead and several others injured.

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said early Sunday that state medical examiner's office had confirmed the fatalities in the Woodward area.

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Local & Regional
8:31 am
Sat April 14, 2012

Forecasters warn of dangerous day

A high risk of severe weather is west of Tulsa
Storm Prediction Center

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Pre-dawn tornado sirens have sounded in Oklahoma City. Forecasters say they're just an early signal of what could be a day of "life-threatening" weather in the nation's midsection.

The most dangerous conditions are projected for late Saturday afternoon between Oklahoma City and Salina, Kan. Forecasters say other areas also could see severe storms with baseball-sized hail and winds of up to 70 mph.

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Local & Regional
8:27 am
Sat April 14, 2012

Governor submits nominees to workers' comp court

Mary Fallin
State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin has nominated four people to serve on the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court.

Fallin has nominated Margaret Bomhoff of Edmond, Michael McGivern and Brad Taylor — both of Tulsa — and Carla Snipes of Oklahoma City.

All four are lawyers who have worked on workers' compensation law.

Each nominee requires Senate confirmation and — if approved — would serve eight year terms.

 

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