UPDATE: Damage, power outages still being reported as residents clean up after storms; more severe weather possible Wednesday

Heavy rain fell overnight up to 2 inches an hour and two substantial fires were reported. More severe weather is possible Wednesday.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: May 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm •  Published: May 30, 2012

4:10 p.m.: State Emergency Management Department spokeswoman Keli Cain said officials continue to receive reports from emergency managers of damage and power outages.

Softball-size hail was reported in several areas, along with reports of wind up to 70 mph or more. A wind gust of 85 mph was recorded near Minco.

Officials have confirmed one tornado developed Tuesday in Canadian County, three miles southwest of Piedmont, Cain said.

She said OG&E reports 19,047 customers still are without power because of the storms. Of those customers, 11,157 outages are in Oklahoma City.

Contractors and crews are coming in from other parts of the state to assist with power restoration.

Transmission lines are down at NW 164 Street and Western Avenue, causing numerous outages in the area, she said.

3:20 p.m.: Casey Joseph, 25, of Edmond, was among those hurt in the storms Tuesday. She was walking across her living room when the hailstorm struck. Glass and hail came crashing down through the skylight, cutting her head.

“I didn't notice at first, my head hurt, of course, but I thought what was on my head was water from the rain coming through,” Joseph said. “I went into the bathroom and noticed I had blood running down the side of the head.

“I was a little dizzy. Just to be safe, I called EMSA. They came and checked it out, said it was superficial. I didn't want to tie them up, so I opted to stay home and clean up myself.”

Wednesday she said she has a headache, bump, and a healing 1-inch gash, but she is OK.

“It could have been a lot worse,” she said.

2:20 p.m.: Like many homeowners in The Village, Victoria Blair, 60, was outside cleaning up debris and tree limbs in her front yard Wednesday, while more storms are expected to hit Wednesday evening.

“Am I really stupid cleaning all this stuff up before tonight? I don't know,” she said. “I'm getting tired of being scared of the weather.”

Blair said her house at May Avenue and Manchester Drive sustained damage in a 2010 hailstorm. It destroyed her roof and broke shutters and windows, totaling $20,000 in damage.

She said her house endured Tuesday night's storm much better. To help, she brought her potted plants inside and covered her vehicle with quilts in the garage to make sure any broken glass didn't scratch it.

The power at her home went out about 9 p.m. Tuesday and still was out as of 11:40 a.m. Wednesday.

During the storm, Blair said she huddled with her greyhound inside a closet and waited out the hail.

“I'm lucky,” she said. “All my flowers and things I saved.”

Pam Walker, 56, of The Village, said her son wasn't so lucky. The back window of his vehicle sustained hail damage.

Downed trees, scattered leaves and tree limbs were spread out across the neighborhood.

Walker said she called her son to come home about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday when she noticed a green and light red sky above their house on Ridgeview Circle.

“It looked like two clouds were shaking hands before merging,” she said.

12:15 p.m.: EMSA paramedics responded to 95 calls between 7 and 11 p.m. Wednesday in the Oklahoma City metro area, including injuries from hail, broken glass, flying debris and car accidents.

Eight of those calls were for traumatic injuries, including six people hit by hail. Other injuries entailed a person who cut his or her hand on broken glass and a person who was hit by a loose road sign as people sought shelter under overpasses.

EMSA paramedics responded to two car accidents. In one, two people were taken in stable condition to local hospitals. In the second accident, a person was taken in critical condition and three were taken in stable condition to local hospitals. The critical patient had exited her vehicle and was hit by a vehicle that hydroplaned.

Five EMSA vehicles sustained hail damage, including broken windshields and body damage.

11:50 a.m.: Employees carried out food Wednesday morning from the Redrock Canyon Grill at Lake Hefner, pausing to look at the blackened roof that was burned in a fire shortly after midnight.

Oklahoma City fire Deputy Chief Marc Woodard said firefighters received a call about 12:10 a.m. about a fire at the restaurant. He said about 55 firefighters responded and were eventually able to extinguish the blaze.

Most of the roof was burned and damaged by the fire, Woodard said.

Hank Kraft, chief operating officers of the Hal Smith Restaurant Group, said fire officials think the fire was caused by lightning during the storms. He said they are trying to save food inside and will try to have the restaurant reopened as quickly as possible.

Woodard said the building was valued at $1 million, as well as the contents inside. Overall, he said the damage to the structure is a major loss for the restaurant.

10:55 a.m.: Windows were broken at Britton Elementary, 1215 NW 95, said Tierney Tinnin, a spokeswoman for Oklahoma City Public Schools. Cracked skylights were reported at Nichols Hills Elementary, 1301 W Wilshire Blvd., and Greystone Upper Elementary, 2401 NW 115 Terrace.



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