Storms leave damage across central, southern Oklahoma

Thursday, April 24th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Severe thunderstorms with high winds and possible tornadoes left damage for residents in parts of central and southern Oklahoma to clean up on Thursday.

Possible straight-line winds blew through southern Moore late Wednesday, causing damage at a Wal-Mart Supercenter, police confirmed.

The east doors of the store were open at the time and strong wind gusts blew down ceiling tiles, a police dispatcher said. Shopping carts and items on display in the parking lot were tossed around, some into parked vehicles, and signs were bent, officials said.

There was one minor injury in the parking lot, but that person was not transported to a hospital, the dispatcher said.

There were no severe thunderstorm or tornado warnings in the area.

Farther south, a tornado or straight winds damaged roofs, downed power lines and snapped power poles east of Wynnewood in Garvin County.

In Pontotoc County, a twister or high winds destroyed a barn south of Vanoss. A 70-mph wind gust was reported 10 miles east of Ada, officials said.

There were no immediate reports of injury with the southern Oklahoma storms.

Severe storms rumbled into the morning on Thursday.