Oklahomans clean up after tornado, storms

May 1, 2012 at 10:59 AM
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OKLAHOMA CITY, May 1 (UPI) -- Strong storms that spawned tornadoes and heavy rain moved through the Tulsa, Okla., area, damaging buildings and knocking out power, officials said.

Authorities said they were assessing how much damage was caused by several reported tornadoes that spun through northern and northeastern Oklahoma Monday, The (Oklahoma City) Oklahoman reported Tuesday.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, officials said.

The storm dumped 2 inches of rain or more in some areas, and strong winds destroyed several barns and outbuildings, the Tulsa World reported.

Several highways were closed because of flooding or downed power lines that snaked across the highways, authorities said.

Hail measuring about 1 1/4 inches in diameter also was reported.

Several rivers and streams were at or near flood stage early Tuesday in Tulsa, Craig, Ottawa, Osage, Pawnee and Rogers counties, where the Weather Service issued flood warnings or watches.

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