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Severe storms pummel Oklahoma

Wind damage, power outages, reported across state

OKLAHOMA CITY | March 2, 2008

Wind damage to roofs and buildings and at least two tornadoes were reported here Sunday night as a cold front pushed across the Midwest. According to local weather forecasters, wind damage and power outages were reported Sunday night near the center of the city.

The same storm system earlier in the day had produced two tornadoes in northwestern Oklahoma in Blaine and Grant Counties. Little damage was reported. "It's just more than a scare than anything else, really," said Adam Austin of the Blaine County Sheriff's office.

Grant County emergency officials said there was scattered damage reports that were still being assessed Sunday night. In the western part of the state, a wind gust of 65 mph was reported.

Earlier the same storm system had dropped a foot of snow in Colorado and closed Interstate 70 between Limon and Burlington and I-25 near the New Mexico border.

As the weather front moves east on Monday and Tuesday, weather forecasters were warning of more potentially severe weather.

In California Sunday, weather forecasters were warning of the potential of winds up to 60 mph in the deserts, mountains and valleys of Southern California.

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