Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tornado hits Okla.; no injuries reported

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A tornado spins across the Oklahoma prairie on March 8.
HAMMON, Okla. (AP) — At least five homes and a barn owned by the county government were destroyed and other structures were damaged Monday by a large tornado in the western Oklahoma town of Hammon.

No injuries were reported with the storm, Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Michelann Ooten said. Besides the five homes that were destroyed, the roofs of several other houses were blown off, and power lines were down throughout the area, Ooten said.

"It really skirted the southeast corner and missed the population center," Roger Mills County Sheriff Joe Hay said. "We had lots of warning. Our local storm spotters and the Hammon fire department were on top of the tornado before it got started."

The barn — a large metal building — housed some vehicles and other equipment that belonged to Roger Mills County, officials said.

The tornado was part of a large weather system tracking through the Plains.

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