Emergency declared for 35 counties
Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency Wednesday for 35 Oklahoma counties because of severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding that began Tuesday. Counties covered in the declaration are Adair, Atoka, Cherokee, Coal, Craig, Delaware, Creek, Haskell, Hughes, Kay, Latimer, Le Flore, Lincoln, Logan, Mayes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Noble, Nowata, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Payne, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Rogers, Seminole, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington. Heavy winds and flooding have led to damage across the state and left many without power, especially in the Tulsa area, Fallin said. Under the executive order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions. The declaration also marks a first step toward seeking federal assistance should it be necessary.