Tornado Kills 1, Brings Rain To Tulsa

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TULSA, Okla., Aug. 11 (UPI) — A tornado that moved through the Locust Grove, Okla., area killed one person and injured two others, while bringing rain to the parched area, police said.

Mayes County Emergency Management said the woman, 82-year-old Beverly Reed, was killed Wednesday when her mobile home was destroyed by the tornado that touched down about 4 miles southwest of Locust Grove, the Tulsa World said.

Reed’s body was found near her bed in a field about 50 feet from where her mobile home had been anchored since 2005, her daughter-in-law, Nancy Armstrong, said.

“The storm pulled the concrete straps right out of the ground,” said Richard Reed, referring to his mother’s mobile home.

Northeast Oklahoma utility officials said more than 14,000 American Electric Power-Public Service Co. of Oklahoma customers lost power because of the storm. As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, crews said about 3,300 customers were without power.

The tornado damaged several houses and uprooted trees, police said.

It also provided some much-needed relief for the drought-stricken area, dumping more than 3 inches of rain, the World said.

The rainfall caused some water damage to area businesses and schools, officials said.

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