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High winds tear roof from apartment building, snap power poles in Norman, hail pounds Oklahoma City

Norman city officials reported widespread wind damage Tuesday evening, while hail up to the size of tennis balls was reported in Oklahoma City as a storm passed through the area.
BY BRYAN DEAN and JANE GLENN CANNON Modified: June 15, 2011 at 10:05 am •  Published: June 14, 2011

High winds tore the roof off an apartment building and snapped trees and power poles in Norman, and hail the size of tennis balls fell in Oklahoma City on Tuesday evening as a severe storm swept through central Oklahoma.

Norman Fire Deputy Chief Jim Bailey said wind damage was widespread as far north as Rock Creek Road and as far south as Lindsey Street.

“We are going to have roofs damaged, lots of power lines down, we've got multiple trees and limbs down, condenser units blown off of roofs,” Bailey said.

Bailey said only one injury was reported.

“That was a telephone pole that came down and hit a vehicle,” Bailey said. “That person had a laceration on his head, but he will be OK.”

OG&E listed about 33,000 of its customers without power Tuesday evening in Norman. Much of the city was left in the dark.

The wind tore the roof off a building at the Parkland Apartments, 201 Woodcrest Drive, leaving dozens of people homeless. The American Red Cross is providing those in the 20 apartments affected with temporary housing, officials said.

Brandy Parker lives on the first floor of the building that lost its roof.

“There was a big strong wind, and it just blew the roof right off,” Parker said.

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