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Tornado, flooding reported in Oklahoma

A tornado was reported in southwestern Oklahoma on Monday afternoon. Rain is in the forecast for central Oklahoma Monday and Tuesday. Chances increase to 90 percent Tuesday.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: November 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm •  Published: November 7, 2011

A tornado was confirmed in southwestern Oklahoma on Monday afternoon, and there were reports of several more with the storm.

The tornado appears to have touched down near the Texas state line and moved northeast across the Wichita Mountain Refuge and toward the Fort Cobb reservoir.

Tornado warnings were allowed to expire by 6 p.m. Evidence of one tornado had been confirmed, but the National Weather Service will continue to investigate and several more confirmations are likely, meteorologist Forrest Mitchell said.

Reports of 65 mph wind gusts and hail the size of golf balls were widely reported with the storms, which stretched across several counties at a time, he said.

A tornado watch continues until 9 p.m. for Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Comanche, Cotton, Custer, Dewey, Garfield, Grady, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kay, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Roger Mills, Tillman, and Washita counties.

In Tillman County, a farmhouse southeast of Tipton was damaged, emergency manager Randy Hasley said. The family hid in the cellar and no one was injured.

“It looked like the house may have taken a glancing blow,” Hasley said.

An Oklahoma State University farm experiment south of Tipton was damaged, but no one was at the site.

Dairy barns were hit about seven miles west of Frederick. Some animals and hay bales were lost, but the main structures remain intact, he said.

“It didn't hit the main ones. There was tin, hay and everything else. It was a pretty big one there. It could have done several million dollars worth of damage if it hit the dairy straight on,” Hasley said.

One garage was damaged in Kiowa County, Oklahoma Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said.

During heavy rain and persistent storms, Sulphur firefighters rescued nine people from flooded homes Sunday night.

Pete Haines, fire marshal for the Sulphur Fire Department, said four homes were evacuated within three blocks of W 10 and W Tulsa Street due to flooding.

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