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May 20, 2013

Tornadoes knock trucks over, leave trail of damage

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SHAWNEE —

It knocked two semi-trucks off the U.S. Highway 177 overpass onto Interstate 40. A third semi tilted dangerously, but didn’t fall. Several cars on Interstate 40 were damaged.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported at least nine vehicles were involved. Interstate 40 and U.S. 177 were closed at 7:26 p.m. Sunday. Portions of the overpass reopened at 9:24 p.m.

The tornado also damaged homes and leveled part of a mobile home park in Shawnee. At least one fatality was reported at the mobile home park near Firelake Grand Casino.

Amanda Hasbell lives approximately three blocks from Interstate 40 in Shawnee. The Hasbell family took refuge in a storm cellar at her in-laws house.

“It was really loud. There was a bunch of noise. You could hear the hail hitting,” Hasbell said. “The cellar door went up and came back down. You could hear things cracking.”

The tornado lasted about two minutes. Hasbell’s house was damaged.

“There are some boards into the ceiling and a big hole. But other than that, ours is fine,” she said.

The May 10, 2011 tornado rolled through her neighborhood as well, she said.

“We were in the cellar then. We didn’t have damage at the house then. Just things in the back yard, but nothing like this. We’ve lived her 15-16 years,” she said.

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