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Governor tours tornado damage in southern Oklahoma

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Gov. Kevin Stitt, left, listens with Chief of the Choctaw Nation Gary Batten, center, and Oklahoma Emergency Management Director Mark Gower, behind Batten, as Kenzie Singleton and her mother Trish recount their experiences during a tornado that tore through Bryan County last Tuesday night. The Singletons were not injured during the twister; however, they lost their home and metal working business. Citing a great outpouring of support by their friends and neighbors, Wes Singleton vowed to rebuild on the same site. þÄúWeþÄôll be back up and running,þÄù he said. 
  
 Durant Democrat photo by Michael Clements
Gov. Kevin Stitt, left, listens with Chief of the Choctaw Nation Gary Batten, center, and Oklahoma Emergency Management Director Mark Gower, behind Batten, as Kenzie Singleton and her mother Trish recount their experiences during a tornado that tore through Bryan County last Tuesday night. The Singletons were not injured during the twister; however, they lost their home and metal working business. Citing a great outpouring of support by their friends and neighbors, Wes Singleton vowed to rebuild on the same site. þÄúWeþÄôll be back up and running,þÄù he said. Durant Democrat photo by Michael Clements

DURANT — Gov. Kevin Stitt visited an area of southern Oklahoma struck by a tornado last week, when storms killed three people.

State Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain says Stitt spent about two hours Monday near Bokchito, about 160 miles southeast of Oklahoma City near the Texas state line. A tornado was recorded there April 30.

Cain said Stitt surveyed the area by helicopter, by vehicle and on foot. The governor also visited a survivor center at Rock Creek Elementary School in nearby Durant.

“I want to thank all the first responders for getting there, saving lives,” Stitt said in a video he posted on Twitter. “It’s amazing how Oklahomans are coming together and cleaning it up.”

Stitt declared a state of emergency last week for 52 Oklahoma counties because of the storms. That allows state agencies to spend money to help local governments.

The National Weather Service says at least 16 tornadoes were reported April 30 in Oklahoma.

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<strong>Gov. Kevin Stitt, left, listens with Chief of the Choctaw Nation Gary Batten, center, and Oklahoma Emergency Management Director Mark Gower as Kenzie Singleton and her mother, Trish, recount their experiences during a tornado that tore through Bryan County last Tuesday night. The Singletons were not injured during the twister; however, they lost their home and metal working business. [Michael Clements/Durant Democrat]</strong>

Gov. Kevin Stitt, left, listens with Chief of the Choctaw Nation Gary Batten, center, and Oklahoma Emergency Management Director Mark Gower as Kenzie Singleton and her mother, Trish, recount their experiences during a tornado that tore through Bryan County last Tuesday night. The Singletons were...

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