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April 19, 2013

Inola home destroyed, train cars blown off tracks

CLAREMORE —

A slow-moving storm Wednesday night caused some significant damage in Inola and surrounding areas.
One home was reported destroyed as well as a large barn. Part of the barn’s roof and side were   ripped off; however, the nearby home was left untouched.
The storm also blew eight cars from a coal train off the track just outside of Inola. Nearby trees were uprooted and knocked down.
A few flood-prone area roads flooded, causing hazardous driving conditions.
No injuries in the Inola area were reported.
Mayes County Emergency Management Director John Janzen said the storm downed trees and damaged several homes in Spavinaw early Thursday. He said one person suffered a minor injury.
Spavinaw Public Schools are closed for the rest of the week after several school buildings sustained damage.
Emergency managers said damage was also reported in Delaware and Rogers counties in northeast Oklahoma.
The stormscaused flooding in the area. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol shut down U.S. 69 at the Wagoner-Mayes County line because the highway was underwater. The road reopened at about 6:15 a.m. Thursday.
State Highway 16 in Wagoner County is also shut down because of high water.
Authorities say a fire was extinguished after a lightning strike sparked a blaze at a tank battery in Oklahoma City.
The fire broke out Wednesday night as severe storms moved through the metropolitan area.
Oklahoma City television station KWTV reported  that homes near the fire were evacuated because the blaze was burning in the direction of a propane tank. The Amber Fire Department says the tank battery contained several flammable chemicals, but firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze using foam. No injuries were reported.
Middle America was overwhelmed by weather Thursday, with snow in the north, tornadoes in the Plains, and torrential rains that caused floods and transportation woes — and a sinkhole in Chicago.

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