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National Weather Service Reports 16 Tornadoes Touch Down on Oklahoma

Source: CNN

Posted on 20 May 2010

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More than a dozen tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma as another round of severe weather developed across the state. By the end of Wednesday evening, meteorologists with the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center reported that 16 tornadoes touched down across Oklahoma.

Kingfisher County Emergency Management Director Steve Loftis reported downed power lines near Loyal, where a tornado was reported earlier.

The National Weather Service reported tornadoes touched down near Leedey in Dewey County, near Douglas in Garfield County, near Marshall in Logan County and near Hennessey in Kingfisher County.

Loftis said the tornado near Hennessey touched down briefly in an open field.

Tornado warnings also were issued for counties in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area early in the evening. There were no confirmed tornadoes from a storm that moved through Grady, McClain and Cleveland counties, producing a funnel near Chickasha and lowerings near the towns of Goldsby and Washington.

Once the storms in northwestern and north-central Oklahoma pushed to the east, storms in south-central Oklahoma turned tornadic. The National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes in Garvin County and two in Murray County, four miles south-southeast of Wynnewood.