Storms damage homes in Mustang, Oklahoma City

A tornado hit Mustang about 12:45 a.m. Saturday, said meteorologist Bruce Thoren at the National Weather Service in Norman.
BY MATT DINGER mdinger@opubco.com Published: April 15, 2012

A tornado damaged homes in Mustang and southwest Oklahoma City early Saturday, but no serious injuries were reported, authorities said.

Tornado sirens sounded across Oklahoma City before dawn, and at least three possible tornadoes were reported west and north of the city, state Emergency Management Department official Michelann Ooten said.

A tornado hit Mustang about 12:45 a.m. Saturday, said meteorologist Bruce Thoren at the National Weather Service in Norman.

The tornado also touched down about 10 minutes later between SW 59 and SW 19 and Czech Hall and Mustang roads.

Outdoor warning sirens were not activated because no warning was issued by the National Weather Service, Oklahoma City spokeswoman Kristy Yager said. One home sustained major roof damage, while four mobile homes had minor damage.

In Mustang, about 30 homes in the Chisholm Trail neighborhood sustained light to moderate damage, but none of those homes are uninhabitable, Mustang Police Chief Chuck Foley said.

Damage to homes also was reported in The Branches housing addition near N Geronimo Way and N Ponderosa Way. There were no reports of injuries, but at least one ambulance was requested to take a person to Integris Canadian Valley Hospital in Yukon, according to Mustang fire radio reports.

The tornado blew off shingles, trim and fences and broke glass. The weather also knocked out a few garage doors, Foley said.

Downed power lines prompted authorities to close SW 59 near Mustang Road until 11 a.m.

Resident Jack Friese wrote in an email to NewsOK.com that the tornado hit without warning 40 feet from his parents' house. Friese said their neighbors' house was heavily damaged.

One of the suspected tornadoes hit near the small town of Piedmont, taking a similar path as a tornado last May that killed several people, Mayor Valerie Thomerson said.

“Because of last year, we've had a lot of new people put storm centers into place,” Thomerson said, adding that no major damage was reported.

Storms in northwest

In the late afternoon and early evening, another storm cell moved through northwestern Oklahoma, dropping multiple tornadoes but doing little damage before moving into Kansas, authorities said.

The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado occurred about 4 p.m. roughly 7 miles north of Woodward.

Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbauer said the storm damaged a metal outbuilding and a camper, but no injuries were reported. Softball-size hail struck the area.

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