Oklahoma storms produce tornado, flooding

Evidence of one tornado had been confirmed, but the National Weather Service will continue to investigate and several more confirmations are likely, meteorologist Forrest Mitchell said.
BY MATT DINGER and TIFFANY GIBSON Published: November 8, 2011
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A tornado was confirmed in southwestern Oklahoma on Monday afternoon, and there were reports of several more with the storm.

The tornado appears to have touched down near the Texas state line and moved northeast across the Wichita Mountain Refuge and toward the Fort Cobb reservoir.

Evidence of one tornado had been confirmed, but the National Weather Service will continue to investigate and several more confirmations are likely, meteorologist Forrest Mitchell said.

Damage reported

In Tillman County, a farmhouse southeast of Tipton was damaged, emergency manager Randy Hasley said. The family hid in the cellar and no one was injured. They were trapped inside when emergency responders arrived.

“It looked like the house may have taken a glancing blow,” Hasley said.

An Oklahoma State University farm experiment building south of Tipton was destroyed, but no one was at the site.

Dairy barns were hit about seven miles west of Frederick. Some animals and hay bales were lost, but the main structures remain intact, he said.

“It didn't hit the main ones. There was tin, hay and everything else. It was a pretty big one there. It could have done several million dollars worth of damage if it hit the dairy straight on,” Hasley said.

One garage was damaged in Kiowa County, Oklahoma Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said, and minor roof damage to several homes was reported in Caddo County.

An airport in Washita County recorded winds of 92 mph and 60 mph gusts were reported in several areas of the county, according to the weather service. Hail stones as large as limes also were recorded across many parts of the state as the storms tracked to the northeast.

People rescued

During heavy rain and persistent storms, Sulphur firefighters rescued nine people from flooded homes Sunday night.

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