Tornadoes damage homes in OK, AR

Eight twisters reported in Oklahoma, Arkansas, putting thousands in dark

BY JIM SKILLINGTON | March 26, 2015

Deadly tornadoes stormed across Oklahoma and Arkansas late Wednesday leaving thousands without power and hundreds of homes damaged.

It was the first major outbreak of twisters this month. Unusual weather patterns had kept the temperatures colder than normal and few severe storms had been reported. That all changed Wednesday.

At least one person was killed when storms barreled through a Sand Springs, OK, and smashed a mobile home park and collapsed a gym used by area youth. The American Red Cross opened a shelter for area residents. Thursday morning first responders completed the last of three sweeps of the area to make sure all survivors were reached. The next step will be to locate family pets.

In addition to damages in the mobile home park, another possible tornado was reported near Moore, just south of Oklahoma City. A radio tower fell, and roofs were blown off of some homes and an elementary school.

Oklahoma's Gov. Mary Fallin, declared a state of emergency Thursday morning for 25 counties.

The National Weather Service reports it is investigating reports of five tornadoes in Oklahoma and three in Arkansas.

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