Severe Storms Rock Western Oklahoma

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Thunderstorms, Heavy Rains Bring Flooding, Sporadic Tornado Activity

Severe weather rocked Oklahoma during the holiday weekend, leaving at least six dead and heavy flooding and wind damage in its wake.

Tornadoes touched down in El Reno and in Maynes County, each claiming two lives, while Payne and Stephens counties each recorded at least one dead. As of press time, the names of the victims had not been released.

During the weekend of storm activity, more than 170 tornadoes were recorded in the midwestern United States. Hospitals in Oklahoma reported at least 92 injuries as a result of the severe weather.

Washita County was not impacted by any tornadoes during this storm, but near-record levels of rainfall created widespread flooding and related impacts. According to Sandy Settles, the director of emergency management for Washita County, widespread flooding knocked out water in Rocky and Sentinel, undoing temporary repairs put into place after the previous week’s flooding events, but the total extent of the damage was not known as of press time.



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