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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

/articleid/3803975/1/pictures/2037661">Photo - A car drives through hail on the residential street in Northwest Oklahoma City, Friday, April 26, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman <strong>SARAH PHIPPS - SARAH PHIPPS</strong>
A car drives through hail on the residential street in Northwest Oklahoma City, Friday, April 26, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman SARAH PHIPPS - SARAH PHIPPS

The weather service received sporadic reports of hail throughout the day from a cluster of storms moving across the state, but the hail fell hard on the Oklahoma City metro area, and in drifts in some areas. The hail ranged in size from BB pellet to golf ball, Smith said.

Oklahoma City police Lt. Arthur Gregory said the department shut down I-235 between NW 36 and NW 50 about 9 p.m. because of flooding. It was reopened by about 10 p.m., Gregory said.

Gregory reported no major accidents as of about 10:30 p.m.

There were also no transports required as a result of the hailstorm, Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman Lara O'Leary said Friday evening.

That was surprising, O'Leary said, since reports of golf ball-size hail came in. Hail that size can batter people and also vehicles' windshields, causing car accidents.

Small power outages were reported in north Oklahoma City and Bethany. At one point, more than 400 people briefly lost power on the east side of Oklahoma City, according to OG&E.

by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. 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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