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Severe storms graze swath across Oklahoma over two days

Softball-sized hailstones and high winds left evidence of severe storms that swept across the state Monday and Tuesday, with property damage stretching from Lawton to Grove and several people reporting injuries.
FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Published: May 30, 2012

/articleid/3679611/1/pictures/1733357">Photo - Downed  power poles are seen on the east side of Lawton, Okla., after a storm Monday, May, 28, 2012. Winds of 65 miles per hour were clocked nearby in Fletcher, Okla., and hail up to tennis-ball size was reported.  (AP Photo/The Constitution, Jeff Dixon) ORG XMIT: OKLAW101
Downed power poles are seen on the east side of Lawton, Okla., after a storm Monday, May, 28, 2012. Winds of 65 miles per hour were clocked nearby in Fletcher, Okla., and hail up to tennis-ball size was reported. (AP Photo/The Constitution, Jeff Dixon) ORG XMIT: OKLAW101

About 95,000 Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. customers were without power at 10:50 p.m. in the metro area, according to OG&E's System Watch website.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department responded to several fires that could be attributed to lightning strikes, Woodard said.

Flames were reported at Remington Park about 10 p.m., when an air handling unit caught fire on the roof. “More than likely, lightning struck it,” Woodard said. The building was evacuated. A house fire was reported at 3913 NW 16 at 10:30 p.m. The cause of that fire was not known.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department also handled several rescues, including four people stuck in kayaks in the Oklahoma River near SW 15 and Meridian Avenue, and two people trapped in a vehicle in high waters at 400 Ann Arbor.

A tornado warning had been issued Tuesday night by the National Weather Service in Canadian and Oklahoma counties, with circulation reported by police and the public. Circulation weakened shortly after the warning was issued.

Storms start Monday

Monday night, high winds crumpled a cellphone tower on the east side of Lawton. The storm knocked out power to 8,500 electric customers in Comanche County.

Parts of south and east Lawton were hit with hail and high winds Monday evening, ripping off roofs, toppling trees and downing power lines, leaving thousands of residents without power, The Associated Press reported.

Damage was seen near Sheridan Road south of Gore Boulevard, although hail and high winds were reported across a swath of Comanche and Stephens counties.

Numerous roofs were damaged in Lawton, including at Independence Place Apartments and the MacArthur High School gym, both on East Gore Boulevard.

Some roofs were damaged and hail and wind hit other structures.

In Oklahoma City, lightning hit a house about 12:25 a.m. Tuesday at 2652 SW 96. No one was injured. The fire caused about $30,000 damage, said fire Battalion Chief Brian Stanaland.

Just before 1 a.m. Tuesday, about three miles north of Grove, winds separated and moved docks at Holden's Cove on Grand Lake and stripped shingles from the roof of a home, according to the National Weather Service.

Contributing: Staff reporters Matt Dinger, Jaclyn Cosgrove, Juliana Keeping and Robert Medley


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