Sue Hollingsworth, wife of Hammon Emergency Manager John Hollingsworth, said at 10 p.m. disaster relief had been set up at the fire station, and crews with Public Service Co. of Oklahoma were working to try to get power restored to the city by today.
"There’s a lot of people out driving around, but I think most people right now are kind of going back home and getting ready for bed since there’s nothing going on,” Hollingsworth said. "We’ve got a lot of the police departments watching the places where the homes have been destroyed, and they’re keeping a watch on that throughout the night and things are calming back down.”
School was canceled for today, Hollingsworth said, and people across town are just thankful they’ve not had more damage or any injuries.
Resident Jimmy Dodd said winds nearly flipped his wife’s car.
"My wife works in Cheyenne, and she was on her way home when she saw the tornado off to the south of her and it blew her off the road. It was hailing so bad, and it almost flipped her car,” Dodd said.
Rita Dodd was OK but shaken up, he said.
A tornado in June 1967 killed a mother and three children at a farm home a few miles southeast of Hammon.
The tornado also damaged at least 10 other homes.
The National Weather Service said Oklahoma sees an average of 4.2 tornadoes in March, according to records dating to 1950. There was one tornado confirmed in March last year. The most in the month is 17 in 1991.
Contributing: Staff Writer Bryan Painter
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