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Hailstorm damages wheat fields, homes in southwestern Oklahoma

Grandfield City Manager Randy Clark says a surprise hailstorm Friday evening in the southwestern Oklahoma farming town was the most damaging he's ever seen.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD Published: May 6, 2012

— Residents of a southwestern Oklahoma farming town spent Saturday cleaning up after a compact storm carrying a big punch pretty well shut the town down.

Hail the size of baseballs thrashed the wheat crop just days before harvest, damaging hundreds of homes and vehicles when the storm rolled through Friday evening.

City Manager Randy Clark said residents were repairing windows and roofs, and insurance agents and power line repairmen were working through the day Saturday.

“We just got clobbered,” Clark said. “I've seen hail storms before but this was the most damaging storm I've ever seen here in town.”

Clark said power lines came down west of town at the airport, and one woman was injured when the storm rolled through about 6 p.m. Friday.

The National Weather Service reported the small but ferocious storm developed just 20 minutes before hitting the town. The storm caused significant damage to Randlett, in Cotton County, before heading south and east into northern Texas.

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