The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

National and world

April 17, 2013

At least 6 tornadoes reported near Lawton

LAWTON, Okla. — As many as six tornadoes touched down in Comanche County and Lawton in southwestern Oklahoma on Wednesday, causing minor damage to a Goodyear tire plant and trapping four people inside a mobile home that got knocked off its foundation, authorities said.

No injuries were reported. Comanche County spokesman Jacob Russell said the mobile home was blown over at Elgin, about 20 miles northeast of Lawton.

The Goodyear plant that was damaged was in west Lawton, Russell said.

"An outbuilding at Goodyear has been destroyed, as well as roof damage to the plant. A number of power lines have been reported down," he said.

Russell said the tornadoes began touching down about 4 p.m. and several were seen both south and north of Lawton, but that none struck heavily populated areas.

"Fortunately there is a lot of agricultural area out there and farm land," Russell said.

National Weather Service forecaster Cheryl Sharpe in Norman said the tornadoes had not yet been confirmed.

Flooding was becoming a concern late Wednesday. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation said Oklahoma 49 in Medicine Park on the northern Lawton city line was closed due to high water, and Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson said flooding was feared in the Chickasha area, though no roads were closed.

Public Service Company of Oklahoma reported about 1,200 power outages in the Chickasha area while about 8,500 outages were reported by Oklahoma Gas and Electric in the Oklahoma City metro area.

Keli Cain, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Department of Emergency Management, said no injuries were reported elsewhere as the storm moved southwest to northeast across Oklahoma.

The National Weather Service issued several tornado warnings in southwestern Oklahoma counties as the storm system moved through the area Wednesday afternoon and early evening and reported up to baseball-sized hail and 60 mph wind gusts in western Oklahoma.

1
Text Only
National and world
  • Ukraine Plane web.jpg U.S.: Russia is firing artillery across border into Ukraine

    If true, the allegations mean Moscow is playing a more direct role in the fighting than it has been accused of up to now — a dangerous turn in what is already the gravest crisis between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Resilient Stocks web.jpg Global tensions don’t dent U.S. enthusiasm for stocks

    As they have all year, investors responded by using it as an opportunity to buy stocks. In fact, they’ve “bought on the dip” consistently for three years, keeping the market’s slips from becoming slides. Stock pullbacks since 2011 have been rare and relatively small, and none have become severe enough to qualify as a correction, Wall Street parlance for a fall of 10 percent or more from a peak.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Obama leaders web.jpg Migrants: President Obama urges Latino leaders, Republicans to help

    White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer said that House Speaker John Boehner’s effort to sue Obama over his use of executive authority “has opened the door for Republicans possibly considering impeachment at some point in the future.”

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mideast web.jpg Gaza sides agree to lull but truce efforts stall

    The latest diplomatic setbacks, after several days of high-level diplomacy in the region, signaled that both sides are digging in and that the fighting in Gaza is likely to drag on.
    Israel wants more time to destroy Hamas military tunnels and rocket launching sites in Gaza, while the territory’s Hamas rulers want international guarantees that a Gaza border blockade will be lifted before they cease fire.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • APTOPIX Hospital Shoo_Hass.jpg Official: Hospital gunman intended to kill others

    A psychiatric patient ranted about a hospital gun ban before opening fire at the suburban medical complex, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Darth Vader is polling higher than all potential 2016 presidential candidates

    On the other hand, with a net favorability of -8, Jar Jar is considerably more popular than the U.S. Congress, which currently enjoys a net favorability rating of -65.

    July 25, 2014

  • g000258000000000000245c0063741aaafcc815c5b3199362fb09f8a7c3.jpg Llama on the loose corralled in Missouri town

    
Gibson called Diamond City Hall for help but the police chief was out on another call. The city clerk came to join in the surveillance ...

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Severe Weather web.jpg Tornado slams Virginia campground; 2 dead

    A couple from New Jersey was killed when a tree fell on their tent. Their 13-year-old son, in a tent next to them, had life-threatening injuries.
    He was among three dozen people hurt.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Aviations Bad Week web.jpg Bad week for aviation: Airline disasters come in a cluster

    Industry analysts and safety experts shake their heads at the seeming randomness of the tragedies, saying they can find no common themes. Nor do they think the events indicate that flying is suddenly becoming less safe.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Obama Economic Patriotism web.jpg Obama wants limits on mergers abroad by U.S. companies

    “They’re technically renouncing their U.S. citizenship. They’re declaring they are based someplace else even though most of their operations are here,” Obama said at a technical college in Los Angeles. “You know, some people are calling these companies corporate deserters.”
    He also charged that such companies are “cherry-picking the rules.”

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads