NOWATA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say four people — including an infant — have been killed as thunderstorms swept through northeast Oklahoma.
Nowata County Undersheriff Doug Sonenberg says the infant and two adults were killed Friday when heavy winds destroyed a mobile home. They were found in a creek.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol also reported that Ash Grove, Mo., resident Jimmy King was killed when straight-line winds flipped the semi he was driving onto a cement barrier wall and trapped him inside near Afton.
PAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Firefighters have brought a large grass fire that burned some abandoned homes and outbuildings under control in Pawnee County.
Pawnee Fire dispatcher Joe Allenbaugh says no injuries were reported in Friday's blaze, which he estimated to be about 1.5 miles wide and 5 miles to 6 miles long. Allenbaugh says winds of 25 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour caused the blaze to spread, but light rain that followed helped firefighters contain the flames.
He says power poles also burned, causing outages for some residents.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A truck driver is killed as the result of winds from severe thunderstorms in northeast Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 70-year-old Jimmy King of Ash Grove, Missouri was driving on the Will Rogers Turnpike near Afton Friday when straight-line winds flipped his semi onto a cement barrier wall and trapped him inside. Troopers say King was pinned in the wreckage for nearly three hours and died at the scene of massive injuries.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) —Governor Mary Fallin is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reconsider its decision to deny individual assistance to victims of wildfires that swept across the state last month.
Fallin filed a formal appeal on Thursday on behalf of wildfire victims in Oklahoma, Cleveland and Payne counties.
Wildfires in July and August damaged nearly 300 homes in those three counties, including 270 that were destroyed. Fallin says an estimated 85 percent of those homes were uninsured.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Health officials say five more West Nile virus cases have been reported in Oklahoma.
According to statistics posted on the Oklahoma State Department of Health website Thursday, 123 cases have been reported. That's up from Tuesday's count of 118, which set a record for the number of West Nile cases in a single year in Oklahoma.
The state Health Department says seven people have died from the virus so far in 2012.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Exceptional drought has expanded in parts of Oklahoma.
The U.S. Drought Monitor shows about 40 percent of the state is mired in exceptional drought, the worst in the monitor's classification system.
A map indicates exceptional drought stretching from central Cimarron County in the Oklahoma Panhandle eastward into Osage County near Tulsa. Another swath stretches south from Ellis County to the Red River and then north and east into McClain County in central Oklahoma.