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Oklahoma tornadoes: Cleanup continues in Norman after EF-1 tornado

Utility crews and residents continued working Sunday in the aftermath of an EF-1 tornado that raked across the heart of Norman, OK, on Friday afternoon.
by Andrew Knittle Published: April 16, 2012

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak toured Norman on Saturday, checking out some of the heavily damaged areas.

Doak, who warned homeowners about fraudsters who typically arrive after natural disasters, urged affected residents to call (800) 522-0071 if they have concerns.

First reports

Friday's tornado touched down near Interstate 35 and Lindsey Street before skipping across the state's third-largest city. A tornado watch was issued at 3:59 that day. Three minutes later, the tornado touched down.

National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Smith said the first reports of damage came in eight minutes after the tornado watch was issued.

Nora Green, who was at Andrews Park on Sunday, is amazed more people weren't hurt given how fast the twister struck. She said she lives “about a half mile” from the heavily damaged city park.

“Usually we hear about it sooner … that it's coming this way,” Green said. “This one was scary because it just happened. And it happened in the middle of town, so I think it's amazing nobody was seriously injured or worse.”

CONTRIBUTING: Staff Writer Tiffany Gibson

by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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