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Storms pelt Oklahoma City area with hail

A cluster of storms dumped hail in the Oklahoma City area Friday night. In some places, the hail fell in drifts. Damage was reported from hail in Prague and Meeker, while in Anadarko, the winds snapped trees. It's not yet clear whether a tornado touched down in Anadarko.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: April 26, 2013 at 11:30 pm •  Published: April 26, 2013

A cluster of storms pelted Oklahoma City with hail Friday, flooding shut down a section of Interstate 235 and small patches of the city lost power throughout the evening.

Elsewhere in Oklahoma, a storm took out trees and power lines and damaged roofs and structures in Anadarko, about 50 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, Caddo County dispatcher Linda Harrison said.

It's not yet clear whether a tornado touched down in Anadarko, said Rick Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Norman.

“The radar indications were not strong that there was a tornado, but it's not out of the question,” he said. Smith said the weather service will determine Saturday whether or not there was a tornado.

In Anadarko, winds tore away siding from the Southern Plains Indian Museum, and whipped debris into the streets, said Jeff Cooper, captain with Anadarko Fire/EMS.

Cooper spotted a couch in the yard of the museum though the closest home was over 100 yards away.

One man was treated for lacerations after the storm, Cooper said.

The storms began near the Texas border midafternoon Friday but moved into central Oklahoma by about 9 p.m. before moving south-southeast, Smith said. About 415 residents in the town of Arnett near the Texas state line, population 524, lost power, according to Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.

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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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