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One home, shooting range destroyed in Oklahoma tornadoes, but no major injuries reported

BY MICHAEL KIMBALL Modified: April 26, 2009 at 4:43 pm •  Published: April 26, 2009
ENID — A home and a shooting range were destroyed in tornadoes Saturday night in Garfield County, but no major injuries were reported, county Emergency Manager Mike Honigsberg said today as crews surveyed the damage.

Spotters reported three tornadoes in or near Enid and Kremlin beginning about 10 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. About 800 Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. customers in the area remained without power at 2:30 p.m.

A house was destroyed on a farm southeast of Kremlin and cattle on the property were killed, but no one was home when the tornado hit, Honigsberg said. The Northern Oklahoma Shooting Center on E Phillips Avenue in Enid was also destroyed.

The Garfield County Expo Center in Enid sustained heavy structural damage, Honigsberg said. The roof was ripped off and exhibits inside from a home show at the center this weekend were damaged.

Only superficial damage to homes and apartments had been reported in and near Enid and Kremlin. Minor injuries were reported to dispatchers overnight, said Sharon Williams, a supervisor at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

Damage to utility poles, trees, fences, sheds and similar small buildings was reported to be widespread throughout the central portion of the county.

A spokesman for the weather service said this afternoon a damage assessment team, which surveys damage to confirm and estimate the strength of tornadoes, will not be sent to Garfield County today because of the chance for more severe weather. Teams may be sent early in the week to that area and any other affected by storms still developing.

More storms coming

More storms are headed for Garfield County today and tonight, as well as much of the rest of the Oklahoma, according to the weather service.

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