Tornadoes touch down in state
ELK CITY — One person was killed and about 50 to 75 homes were damaged Tuesday night when tornadoes tore a path through an Elk City subdivision, said Danny Ringer, a chaplain with the Elk City Fire Department.
The death occurred near State Highway 34 and State Highway 152, a local television station reported.
"My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the tornado in Elk City tonight," Gov. Mary Fallin tweeted.
About 7:10 p.m., a tornado reported touched down about three miles south of Elk City in Beckham County, meteorologist Ryan Barnes said.
Another touched down about five miles southeast of Sayre in Beckham County about 6:45 p.m., Barnes said. Another was reported by firefighters about 11 miles north-northeast of Madge in Harmon County, he said.
"It looks like most of the storms are trending downward," Barnes said. "The tornado threat will decrease, but it won't become zero. There will still be a low chance of tornadoes."
In addition to damaged homes, others were without power. Outages numbered more than 3,300 Tuesday night, according to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
The Elk City School District canceled schools Wednesday in the wake of the storm.
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A shelter has been set up at First Baptist Church of Elk City, according to the Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief website.
Director Sam Porter said the operation's trained volunteers are assessing damage in Elk City.
For more information on the relief effort or to donate, www.okdisasterhelp.org.