Severe Storms Across Oklahoma Cause Some Damage

Tuesday, July 11th 2006, 5:45 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Severe storms blew vehicles off roads, ripped off roofs and caused an ammonia leak that forced a business to be evacuated.

Officials say at least one person was reported injured when storms peeled away the roof of a southeast Oklahoma City building that contained commercial refrigeration units.

Fire officials reported seeing a cloud and smelling ammonia vapors nearby and evacuated employees. The injured person's condition and identity weren't immediately available.

In Tulsa, nearly 4,000 customers lost electricity when storms moved through eastern Oklahoma. American Electric Power-Public Service Company of Oklahoma officials say power has been restored to almost all customers.

Power also was reported out in Kingfisher, where a strong storm blew a roof off a barn near Hennessey and downed a power pole and some power lines.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol winds from the storms blew over two tractor-trailer rigs in western Oklahoma City and contributed to a three-vehicle accident in Midwest City.

The storms packed winds between 60 and 70 miles per hour. They damaged trees in Norman and blew down an awning near Tecumseh.

Farther to the north, cars were blown off Interstate 35 near Perry and the roof of a porch was blown off near Lenapah.