Police deal with storm damage, high water



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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Amid the tornado damage in the Oklahoma City area, authorities have also been dealing with high waters left behind by the storms that moved through the area yesterday.

Before sunrise today, fire department divers in Oklahoma City worked for hours to rescue a motorist who was trapped in a car by the water. She had used her cellphone to call for help from inside the car.

The National Weather Service says five to eight inches of rain fell in the area.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says road conditions have normalized. Lt. John Vincent says troopers responded to a high volume of emergency calls overnight but that there were no reports of fatalities. He says all of the vehicles that were stranded or washed off of the road have been checked by troopers, who are back on regular patrol.

At least 12 people were injured after twisters swept across the southern Plains. The Oklahoma City area seemed to the hardest hit, with multiple reports of tornadoes and flooding.

Forecasters say the threat of severe weather will continue into the weekend.

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128-a-14-(Richard Thompson, lead forecaster, Storm Prediction Center, in AP interview)-"town of Bridge Creek"-Storm Prediction Center lead forecaster Richard Thompson says the storm hit two primary areas around Central Oklahoma. (7 May 2015)

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132-a-15-(Richard Thompson, lead forecaster, Storm Prediction Center, in AP interview)-"threats to go"-Storm Prediction Center lead forecaster Richard Thompson says the severe weather threat will continue into the weekend. (7 May 2015)

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APPHOTO OKENI101: A severe thunderstorm spawns a funnel four miles south of Carrier and north of U.S. 412 northwest of Enid, Okla. Wednesday, May 6, 2015. A tornado grazed Oklahoma City and its suburbs Wednesday, threatening rush-hour drivers and prompting schools to hold children in safe rooms until the danger passed. (Bonnie Vculek/The Enid News & Eagle via AP) (6 May 2015)

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APPHOTO OKSO109: A vehicle makes its way through deep water following heavy rain in Moore, Okla., Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Forecasters declared a tornado emergency for Moore. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) (6 May 2015)

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