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Stormy weather moves into Oklahoma

Power outages affect 1,600 customers

OKLAHOMA CITY | March 19, 2012

Heavy rain and power outages hit parts of Oklahoma Monday, spawned by a storm that carried tornadoes and snow to other states during the weekend.

Oklahoma Gas and Electric officials said power outages affected more than 1,600 customers in Oklahoma City, Enid and Nicoma Park, The Oklahoman reported.

The National Weather service said damaging winds and large hail could accompany storms as they moved across Oklahoma.

The outbreak of severe thunderstorms was expected to push across the southern Plains, AccuWeather.com reported. Some storms could produce tornadoes while other could lead to flooding.

The storm system spawned at least two tornadoes in the North Platte, Neb., area, Sunday, injuring at least two people and damaging homes and power lines, authorities said.

Dan Guenthner, Lincoln County Emergency Management director, said the tornadoes did considerable damage to houses and other structures when they touched down, the North Platte Telegraph reported.

The Union Pacific Railroad reported at least 15 train cars were flipped by the storm.

Sheriff's deputies said downed power lines made many roads impassable, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

A tornado also was reported north of Valentine Sunday, the Telegraph said. Rain and golf ball-sized hail were reported in McPherson and Keith counties.

Guenthner said tornado sirens gave residents time to react.

"The sirens worked wonderfully," he said. "I think that's why we didn't see serious injuries."

The storm system carried a low-grade tornado to California, heavy snow to the Southwest and powerful winds to the western High Plains during the weekend, AccuWeather.com said.

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