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More than 30 injured as severe storms, tornadoes move through Oklahoma

Storm damage May 18 in Cordell. (KOKH/Phil Cross)

More than 30 people were injured as a long line of severe storms moved through Oklahoma Thursday.

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management that 33 people were injured in the May 18 severe storms. The line of severe storms resulted in multiple tornadoes touching down across a large portion of Oklahoma. The department did not identify where the injuries occurred.

Damage was reported in the following locations:

  • Blaine County Emergency Management reports power lines down and barn and car damage southeast of Greenfield.
  • Cotton County Emergency Management reports power has been restored to the majority of towns in the county.
  • Cushing Emergency Management reports wind damage to windows and roofs downtown. Trees and power line damage also occurred. Some power poles are down.
  • Grant County Emergency Management reports power lines and power poles down north of Medford and west of Pond Creek.
  • McIntosh County Emergency Management reports at least one home was destroyed in Thursday night’s storm that impacted Stidham. The county is experiencing widespread power outages. A transmission line is down across Highway 9 between Highway 52 and the Indian Nation Turnpike.
  • Muskogee County Emergency Management reports a building in an apartment complex collapsed during last night’s storm. Numerous homes have roof damage. The City of Muskogee Emergency Management reported a few people were treated for minor injuries after the apartment building collapse.
  • Pontotoc County Emergency Manager reports 20-25 homes with damage in Stonewall. There is extensive debris from damaged trees and numerous powerlines down. There is no power in Stonewall.
  • Wagoner County Emergency Management reports several homes in Wagoner with minor damage. Businesses and structures in the downtown area have minor damage also. In Porter, at least 2-3 mobile homes were blown over in the storm.
  • City of Walters officials reports damage to homes consists of minor roof damage, however, the storm caused extensive debris throughout town.
  • Washita County Emergency Management reports no homes destroyed. Minor roof damage occurred to numerous homes.
  • Weatherford Emergency Management reports damage to trees and outbuildings northwest of Hydro.

An American Red Cross shelter was opened at the First Baptist Church in Muskogee overnight after several homes and apartments were damaged.

The storms brought widespread power outages. As of Friday morning, over 10,000 customers were still without power:

PSO - Total: 2,124

Largest outages:

  • Tulsa Southwest (includes Jenks, Sand Springs) – 892
  • Tulsa Northwest (includes Sand Springs) – 497
  • Tulsa Northeast (includes Catoosa) – 186
  • Tulsa Southeast (includes Broken Arrow) – 157
  • Duncan - 203
  • Elk City (includes Hobart) - 176

OG&E - Total: 8,911

Oklahoma City - 2661

  • Oktaha - 1023
  • Muskogee - 915
  • Gore - 861
  • Norman - 547
  • Ada - 456
  • Healdton - 293
  • Midwest City - 178
  • Sapulpa - 148
  • Macomb - 133
  • Guthrie - 114
  • Dale - 109
  • Edmond - 105
  • Del City - 102
  • Ardmore - 99
  • Shawnee - 99
  • McLoud - 92
  • Yukon - 86
  • Kellyville - 77
  • Boynton - 64
  • Glenpool - 51

Lake Region Electric Cooperative - Total: 1,388

  • Cherokee County: 381
  • Muskogee County: 9
  • Wagoner County: 843
  • Mayes County: 155

People's Electric Cooperative - Total: 660

  • Coal County: 217
  • Hughes County: 12
  • Murray County: 3
  • Pontotoc County: 199
  • Seminole County: 229

Kiamichi Electric Cooperative - Total: 332

  • Latimer County: 3
  • Le Flore County: 1
  • Pittsburg County: 328

Tri-County Electric Cooperative – Total: 225

  • Texas County: 225

Canadian Valley Electric Cooperative - Total: 209

  • Hughes County: 1
  • Lincoln County: 5
  • McIntosh County: 193
  • Okfuskee County: 1
  • Pottawatomie County: 8
  • Seminole County: 1

Indian Electric Cooperative - Total: 128

  • Creek County: 10
  • Osage County: 3
  • Pawnee County: 64
  • Payne County: 51

Cotton Electric Cooperative - Total: 85

  • Cotton County: 69
  • Stephens County: 16

Northwestern Electric Cooperative - Total: 54

  • Ellis County: 1
  • Woodward County: 53

Cookson Hills Electric Cooperative - Total: 51

  • Haskell County: 1
  • Sequoyah County: 50

Northfork Electric Cooperative

  • Beckham County: 50

Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative - Total: 49

  • Osage County: 46
  • Rogers County: 2
  • Tulsa County: 1

Central Electric Cooperative - Total: 36

  • Lincoln County: 8
  • Logan County: 1
  • Payne County: 27

Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative - Total: 10

  • Craig County: 1
  • Delaware County: 7
  • Mayes County: 1
  • Rogers County: 1

Cordell Municipal Electric - Total: 1,556

All 77 Oklahoma counties are under a State of Emergency following severe storms in late April. The declaration allows for agencies to make emergency purchases.

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