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Strong winds damage property in northeastern Oklahoma

Strong winds from a line of storms early Thursday damaged a number of properties in Mayes and Delaware counties in northeastern Oklahoma, officials said. Spavinaw School was closed Thursday because the building's roof had been blown away.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Modified: April 18, 2013 at 9:54 pm •  Published: April 18, 2013
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“We just put a new roof on and now it's laying out back,” said Bill Cagle, school board member.

The school board held an emergency school board meeting Thursday afternoon.

“We hope to be back in session next week,” Principal Christine Midgley said.

The American Red Cross set up a shelter at the Spavinaw United Methodist Church and fed people throughout the day. The Rev. Lora Stiles said they were preparing for 50 people to sleep in the church Thursday night.

Homes are damaged

In the Butler community 8 miles southeast of Grove, five residences were damaged and the fire station lost four doors, volunteer Fire Chief Randy Prins said.

The west wall of Randy and Dawn Brewer's two-story home was blown out and the house was knocked eight feet off its foundation, dumping the house's contents into the front yard.

Strong winds also knocked Doris and John Masters' home off its foundation and shattered the windows.


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