Deaths, injuries reported after severe weather across the state
Severe storms across Oklahoma Tuesday and Wednesday spun up tornadoes and are responsible for at least two deaths and multiple injuries.
Tuesday’s storms, which are thought to have produced at least 15 tornadoes across the state, led to the deaths of a 55-year-old man from Tulsa and a 58-year-old woman from Bokchito, according to the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.
Officials reported that 22 people were injured during the Tuesday storms.
At least two tornadoes are thought to have touched down in southern Oklahoma on Wednesday afternoon, according to preliminary data from the National Weather Service.
Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday declared a state of emergency for 52 counties following the storms that also brought damaging straight-line winds and heavy flooding.
Counties in the declaration are: Adair, Atoka, Bryan, Canadian, Carter, Cherokee, Choctaw, Cleveland, Coal, Comanche, Cotton, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Garvin, Grady, Haskell, Hughes, Jefferson, Johnston.
Also, Latimer, Le Flore, Lincoln, Logan, Love, Marshall, Mayes, McClain, McCurtain, McIntosh, Murray, Muskogee, Nowata, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee.
As well as Payne, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Rogers, Seminole, Sequoyah, Stephens, Tillman, Tulsa, Wagoner, and Washington.
Damage to homes and businesses have been reported along with damage to outbuildings, trees and utility poles. Parts of northeast and southeast Oklahoma have seen nearly 6 inches of rain with the storms.
The declaration allows state agencies to make emergency purchases needed for areas hit by the storms. The declaration is also the first step toward seeking federal assistance should it be necessary. The order is in effect for 30 days and could be amended to include additional counties if deemed necessary.
The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management is asking residents impacted by the storms to report property damage at damage.ok.gov.