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Twister causes damage in Roger Mills County

BY AARON CRESPO Modified: March 9, 2010 at 10:40 am •  Published: March 9, 2010

HAMMON — Five homes were destroyed and several others damaged Monday when a tornado passed through Hammon in Roger Mills County, authorities reported. The storm also destroyed a county barn and caused other debris about 6 p.m.

Footage from storm chasers showed downed power lines and damage to some residences and buildings in the southern part of the town. No injuries were reported.

The area was under a tornado warning, which was allowed to expire at 6:30 p.m.

The tornado was first reported on the ground about three miles north of Elk City and moved on to Hammon, about 12 miles north.

One Hammon resident said she and others were packed in a storm cellar in Hammon when the tornado hit.

"There’s cops all over, they won’t let us get close. Power is out,” she said. "I thank God that it didn’t do more damage. We’re just real blessed.”

The resident, who didn’t want to give her name, said they could see the tornado after it passed, and emergency crews had filled the streets, preventing anyone from getting close.

"We’ve got no power, and it’s just hectic. There’s cars, cops, firemen. They won’t let anybody in, but they’ll let people out. The blocks where the damage is done, they’ve got them blocked off.”

Roger Mills County Sheriff Joe Hay said, "It really skirted the southeast corner and missed the population center. We had lots of warning. Our local storm spotters and the Hammon Fire Department were on top of the tornado before it got started.”

The barn — a large metal building — housed some vehicles and other equipment that belonged to Roger Mills County, officials said.

Sue Hollingsworth, wife of Hammon Emergency Manager John Hollingsworth, said at 10 p.m. Know It: Severe Weather

Today: Sunny in western Oklahoma and partly cloudy in the east. Temperatures from the 50s in the

Panhandle to 70s in

southeastern Oklahoma, forecasters said.

Wednesday: Clouds should increase, with a chance of light rain, possibly mixed with snow, in the Panhandle. Temperatures should range from the 40s in the Panhandle to 50s and 60s elsewhere.

Thursday: The Panhandle will have a slight chance for rain or snow showers, and the rest of the state could see rain Thursday.

Associated Press/National Weather Service


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