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May 20, 2013

Tornado tears through county

NORMAN — A spring storm packing a single tornado ripped across far eastern Cleveland County on Sunday evening, carrying hail, strong winds and injuring at least six persons, with three in critical condition.

Officials report there were no confirmed fatalities in Cleveland County related to Sunday’s storm.

Six patients were transported to Norman Regional Hospital. Five patients were transported by EMSStat, and one was transported by a park ranger from the east Norman/Little Axe/Newalla area, NRHS media relations coordinator Kelly Wells and Norman Fire Deputy Chief Jim Bailey said.

Wells said some patients were injured from flying debris, some were trapped under homes and others were sucked out of their homes. More patients were expected to arrive overnight as Norman Regional paramedics continued to search the area for survivors.

Bailey said emergency crews will continue to search throughout the night with the main focus on the east side of the lake where most of the damage occurred.

Sheriff’s officials reported that much of the damage in Cleveland County was along Indian Hills Road between 168th Avenue Northeast and 192nd Avenue Northeast.

Road closings, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Meghan McCormick said, included Indians Hills Road and 168th; Franklin Road and 192nd; 149th and Harrah Road; Harrah and Rolling Oak; and 192nd to 149th Street.

Several people lost their homes on 156th Avenue Northeast and East Franklin Road.

“I saw the tail of the storm coming toward me, so I drove to the casino,” resident Kenneth Lastinger said.

The only thing left standing was his porch. As he sorted through debris in his yard, he said was glad his dog was able to weather the storm.

“He made it through in the demolished, blown-away house,” he said. “Praise the Lord.”

A friend helping Lastinger said the dog was hiding behind a hill when they found him. Pages of the Bible were scattered all across the property from Bibles Lastinger collected, he said.

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