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May 20, 2013

VIDEO: Carney without power, water after Sunday's tornado

More than 310 homes in Oklahoma have been damaged or destroyed

CARNEY, Okla. — Sunday's tornadoes skipped over Payne County, Emergency Management Director Jeff Kuhn said Monday morning.

Payne County didn't have any damage, Kuhn said. "The tornado lifted when it got into Cushing."

Cushing did experience falling debris as the tornado passed over the town, Kuhn said.

Thunderstorms are expected to develop Monday afternoon in Oklahoma. Conditions will be ripe for more severe weather. Kuhn said he would be monitoring the situation.


Payne County sent a team to help in Carney, Kuhn said, adding he was in the mobile command center.

Monday, Carney is without power and water after a tornado skirted just southeast of town.

"They have wells, but they don't have power at the wells. They have a generator at one well, but that well is too low. They had to shut it off," Kuhn said.

The town of Carney didn't experience the brunt of the tornado, Kuhn said. The tornado skirted the southeast edge of town. Several homes adjacent to Carney were damaged.

Kuhn said he didn't go to Carney school buildings, but could see them from the command center.

"If it had damage, it was minor," Kuhn said.

The American Red Cross has established the Carney Senior Center, 301 E. Maple. Food is available at the shelter. The Red Cross also is providing drinks and snacks to first-responders and disaster relief teams, Communications Director Ken Garcia said. As of Monday morning, no victims were in the Carney shelter.

The Red Cross also has established in Shawnee and Bethel Acres. There are 12 tornado victims in the Shawnee shelter at the Shawnee Athletic Center, 1001 N. Kennedy. The Red Cross in coordination with the Salvation Army and Baptist Southern men have established a fixed feeding site at the Shawnee Expo Center.

Shawnee appears to have been hit the hardest by Sunday's tornadoes. There has been at least two fatalities.

Preliminary damage assessments and information from emergency management reports shows 310 structures were damaged and destroyed with most of the damage in Pottawatomie County, Garcia said.




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