Storms damage mid-west

BY STEVE GUST | Milwaukee, WI | March 9, 2000

A tornado touched down in Milwaukee late Wednesday, overturning vehicles and damaging structures.

Minor injuries were reported, and 40 blocks in a nearby neighborhood had to be evacuated while emergency crews

repaired a natural gas leak.

The twister knocked down power lines but service was restored later in the evening. The twister headed out over

Lake Michigan before it could cause catastrophic damage.

In parts of Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, late Tuesday thunderstorms blew through bringing winds of up to 80 mph.

The evening thunderstorms left minor damage through Oklahoma and Kansas, according to media reports.

In Weatherford, Okla. about 60 miles of Oklahoma City, a portion of a Wal-Mart department store roof fell. The store

suffered water damage and was not open today for business. There were no injuries reported as the store had been


Power outages were also reported in Weatherford. Overturned tractor-trailer rigs and trailer home damage was also

reported in Weatherford and western Oklahoma. That same storm blew through Oklahoma City later.

In Guthrie, north of Oklahoma City trees and power lines were knocked down. There were some homes left without

power. One home had wood boards blown into it.

Late Tuesday night, the National Weather Service reported a minor tornado in rural Northeast Oklahoma. It caused

no damage or injuries however.

Downed trees, traffic signs, and golf ball-size hail also were left by the quick-moving storm.

In nearby Kansas, the story was the same with two trailer homes knocked off their foundations in Mulvane in the

Wichita area. There were about 6,000 electric customers left without power for awhile.

In Liberal, in western Kansas, 70 mph winds snapped some utility poles, leaving about a fourth of the city without

power. Again no injuries were reported.

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