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Oklahoma tornadoes: Grant County residents cleaning up storm damage Tuesday morning; Red Cross offers help

Residents in Grant County are without power Tuesday morning. Storms Monday night knocked out power to Medford, Manchester, Wakita, Pond Creek and Deer Creek. Damage also is reported in northeast Oklahoma.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: May 1, 2012 at 10:49 am •  Published: May 1, 2012

10:45 a.m. Teams from the American Red Cross are working with emergency managers across northern Oklahoma to help anyone affected by Monday's storms, spokesman Rusty Surette reports. Anyone who is displaced and needs help is urged to contact the Red Cross at (580) 363-1738 in the Blackwell area and (580) 237-5994 in the Medford area.

9:30 a.m. Residents are cleaning up Tuesday morning after tornadoes raked parts of northern and northeast Oklahoma on Monday night.

Storm damage across Grant County shut down numerous roadways and residents woke up to widespread damages, a sheriff's dispatcher said.

About 9:05 p.m. Monday a tornado was spotted on the ground by media crews and storm chasers 2 miles southwest of Medford, said Daryl Williams, meteorologist in the National Weather Service in Norman. Reports of several other possible tornadoes in Grant County are being investigated, Williams said.

There were no reports of injuries and no one is reported missing, a dispatcher at the Grant County Sheriff's office said.

Power lines are down across the county in the wake of the tornado, the dispatcher said.

Power remained out Tuesday morning in Medford, Manchester, Wakita, Pond Creek and Deer Creek as crews worked to restore electricity.

Property and structure damage has been reported mostly in rural areas on farms, the dispatcher said. Barns and outbuildings were destroyed and homes were damaged, but there are no reports of any residences being destroyed.

An anhydrous ammonia leak was reported in Deer Creek, but the leak has been stopped, the dispatcher said.

In Nowata County, a tornado damaged a home about 8 miles southwest of Nowata just before 8 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service said.

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