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May 20, 2013

Tornado tears through county

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NORMAN —

The storm continued to 192nd Street toward Pink, Stella and Bethel Acres, northeast of Lake Thunderbird. Tornado sirens sounded at least four times in Norman and residents were advised to seek shelter.

According to OG&E’s website, 1,549 customers in Norman were without power. Oklahoma Electric Cooperative customers also were without power Sunday night. OEC spokesperson Patti Rogers said two substations were down in Pink, one at 120th Avenue Northeast and a second at 149th Avenue.

Rogers said 3,800 customers were without power Sunday evening. Power to most of the customers in the Pink area has been restored, and the Franklin Road substation was still out.

“Nine or 10 poles are down and more are leaning. We will have to be replace those,” Rogers said.

Crews were headed to the area and Rogers was hopeful that power would be restored soon.

Cleveland County sheriff’s officials established a command post for tornado damage in a church parking lot at 192nd Avenue Northeast and Pecan Valley Road.

Deputies and Norman police officers believe most of the damage in Cleveland County is along Indian Hills Road between 168th Avenue Northeast and 192nd Avenue Northeast. Deputies were going door to door checking houses late Sunday.

The American Red Cross is in the process of establishing a shelter in Little Axe, said Ken Garcia with the American Red Cross Heart of Oklahoma Chapter. The Red Cross is working to provide mass care, water, sports drinks, snacks and meals as necessary alongside the Salvation Army in Little Axe.

The Red Cross is not currently providing services in other areas in Cleveland County.

Staff writers Hannah Cruz and Joy Hampton and City Editor Shana Adkisson contributed to this report.

 

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