Severe storm leaves at least one dead in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Michaelann Ooten said the state medical examiner reported one death in Tushka and further damage assessments are under way.
FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Modified: April 14, 2011 at 10:29 pm •  Published: April 14, 2011
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At least one person was killed in a tornado that swept through Tushka in Atoka County about 8 p.m. Thursday.

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Michaelann Ooten said the state medical examiner reported one death in Tushka and further damage assessments are under way.

The state Transportation Department reported U.S. 69 northbound at Tushka was closed temporarily because of trucks and trees that were scattered across the road. Emergency management personnel have been sent to the scene to help local officials.

The community of Tushka and an area north of Atoka was hit real hard, said Don Walker, Atoka city manager.

“There are lots of injuries,” Walker said.

Mark Cain, who lives near Tushka, watched the destruction taking place within about a half-mile of his house Thursday night.

“I could see trees flipping across pastures and an occasional piece of sheet metal,” Cain said. “You could see it and what it was tearing up. It was a little nerve wracking. Everybody got panicked, and I was trying to stay calm.”

Damage also has been reported near Hominy in Osage County, near Stroud in Lincoln County and near Madill in Marshall County.

Marshall County

Marshall County Emergency Management Director Hubert Weaver said a tornado overturned three tractor-trailers and damaged power lines near Madill, and three structures had roof damage.

Weaver said the storm hit east of town near State Highway 99.

Chelsea Blackwood the manager of a Sonic restaurant in Madill said winds were blowing fast for about an hour, making it difficult for car hops to deliver orders and to handle money.

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