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Storms strike midwest

Storms caused damage in several midwestern states on Saturday.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | June 5, 2005

Storms caused damage in several midwestern states on Saturday.

Several people were injured and there was structural damage in Oklahoma as a tornado moved through the western and central portions of the state. A tornado watch was issued for 34 counties. Power lines and trees were down in many areas, according to reports from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.

In Henryetta, a community in Okmulgee county, three homes sustained major damage, and several businesses had roof damage. In Jefferson County, campers, trailers and tents in the area of Waurika Lake were damaged. In Kay and Osage counties, residential damage was reported in the community of McCord, where one house and three barns were destroyed. Five people were treated at area hospitals in those counties.

In Missouri, the National Weather Service reported two tornadoes touched down briefly. One person was injured. Tornadoes were reported near Fillmore and Grant City. Pockets of damage were reported along the Missouri-Iowa border. In Worth County, farm buildings on several farms were damaged.

A tornado also touched down in Kansas, near the community of Baker, according to the National Weather Service. Scattered residential damage was reported through south-central Kansas.

People in that state also saw heavy rain, 70-mph winds, and golf ball-size hail. Pockets of flood damage were reported in central Kansas and western Missouri. Northwestern Wisconsin also saw strong storms.


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