Sunday, April 15, 2012

Midwest Tornadoes: Authorities Say 5 Dead in Okla.

By ROCHELLE HINES Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY April 15, 2012 (AP)

Kansas Tornado
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Oklahoma authorities said five people died before dawn after a tornado hit in and around the northwest Oklahoma town of Woodward, causing injuries and inflicting extensive damage to the west side of that town of 12,000 about 140 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. Trees and power lines toppled and thousands lost power.

Storms also were reported in Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska as a severe storm system raked its way across the nation's midsection.

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said the state medical examiner's office confirmed five fatalities in the Woodward area. She didn't know the gender or age of the victims or details of their deaths but said several homes had been damaged.

"Significant damage and injuries have been reported," she said in a statement early Sunday.

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