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Oklahoma weather: Crews work to clear storm damage in Oklahoma City as the state braces for severe weather Sunday.

Storms developed in western Oklahoma late Saturday afternoon. The storms hit Oklahoma City about 9 p.m. A tornado watch that covered much of the state expired by 11 p.m. though Cleveland County is expected to remain under a severe thunderstorm watch until 3 a.m.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: May 19, 2013 at 12:06 am •  Published: May 18, 2013

Severe storms hit Oklahoma City on Saturday, trapping people in cars and knocking out power for thousands after pelting far southwest Oklahoma with hail the size of baseballs.

A tornado watch covering much of the state had expired by about 11 p.m., though a severe thunderstorm watch was expected to remain in place south and northeast of the metropolitan area, including Cleveland County, until 3 a.m.

More severe weather is possible Sunday afternoon in central and eastern Oklahoma, said John Pike, a spokesman for the National Weather Service, Norman.

Authorities in Enid said a cattle trough tossed by winds in excess of 70 mph could be behind an accident that injured a police officer as he drove in his cruiser.

“We're not sure exactly what hit his car – we think a cattle trough hit his car and shattered the side windows, causing him to lose control of the vehicle,” said Mike Honigsberg, the emergency manager for Enid and Garfield County. “He was already driving in really high winds.”

The officer was taken to a local hospital after the accident, which occurred about 9 p.m. near 66th Street and U.S. Highway 412.

Strong winds whipped into Bethany as storms moved into the Oklahoma City metropolitan area about 8:45 p.m.

An Oklahoma City police officer was trapped in a squad car after wind gusts toppled utility poles near NW 150 and N Pennsylvania Avenue. Members of the Oklahoma City Fire Department worked to free the officer and several others who were trapped on Pennsylvania in their vehicles. The road was shut down between NW 160 and the John Kilpatrick Turnpike/Memorial Road.

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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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