Deadly weather hits Oklahoma


Wednesday, April 11th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


Strong thunderstorms moved through the Tulsa area Wednesday morning. The storms brought winds up to 45 miles per hour, locally heavy rain, and lightning.

Officials in Coalgate say 41-year-old Stan Whisman was killed and his 13-year-old son injured when high winds struck his modular home about 5 a-m.

The boy is hospitalized in stable condition.

Authorities now say at least seven people were injured in the storms.

Beaver County authorities say that possibly two small tornados hit the Panhandle county around midnight, knocking out power and heavily damaging five homes.

Electricity in the area was knocked out for about five hours by
the storms.

State and local emergency management officials are still assessing the
damage.

There are reports of scattered power outages in the Tulsa area. AEP-PSO officials say at the height of the storm, about 1,822 customers in the Tulsa area were in the dark.

Bixby had 936 customers and 488 PSO customers in the Shilder area in Osage County were without electric service. Strong winds in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas damaged trees too.

This same system actually moved in and brought with it several pop-up storms in the region Tuesday afternoon. One of those storms dropped heavy rain and quarter-sized hail in Washington County. The hail covered several roads and highways, making travel difficult for a while for drivers.

In Johnston County, in south central Oklahoma, authorities are investigating a possible tornado, which dropped down near Fillmore. Authorities say several structures were damaged and there was a report of one person suffering injuries from that storm.