Tornadoes damage homes, power lines in Oklahoma as storms move across nation's midsection



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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Damage reports are starting to come in as strong storms, including some tornadoes, churn across the nation's midsection.

Emergency officials in Oklahoma say homes and businesses have been damaged in Major and Roger Mills counties in western Oklahoma, and many power lines have been damaged.

The National Weather Service says tornadoes touched down near three towns in southwestern Oklahoma -- Elmer, Tipton and Elk City.

The state department of Emergency Management says so far there have been no reports of injuries or fatalities, however.

Heavy rain and winds also have been hitting Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and Minnesota, where there were some reports of tornadoes near the South Dakota border. The National Weather Service says trained spotters reported tornado touchdowns Saturday afternoon near Montevideo (mahn-tuh-VID'-ee-oh), De Graff and Rosen.

Severe weather remains in the forecast for Sunday across the region.

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237-a-08-(Lloyd Colston, emergency management director, City of Altus (AL'-tuhs), in AP interview)-"watch in place"-Emergency Management Director Lloyd Colston says there is a bright side to these fierce spring storms -- the rain. ((watch for dating)) (16 May 2015)

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236-a-15-(Lloyd Colston, emergency management director, City of Altus (AL'-tuhs), in AP interview)-"that I saw"-Emergency Management Director Lloyd Colston says there are reports of storm damage in several communities where severe storms and possibly tornadoes tore through. (EOC refers to Emergency Operations Center) ((watch for dating)) (16 May 2015)

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234-a-13-(Lloyd Colston, emergency management director, City of Altus (AL'-tuhs), in AP interview)-"roof torn off"-Emergency Management Director Lloyd Colston says it is believed that a tornado touched down in the nearby community of Elmer, in Jackson County. ((watch for dating)) (16 May 2015)

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235-a-07-(Lloyd Colston, emergency management director, City of Altus (AL'-tuhs), in AP interview)-"Hess and Headrick"-Emergency Management Director Lloyd Colston says his city of Altus has been spared from damage, but other communities in Jackson County had tornado damage. ((watch for dating)) (16 May 2015)

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238-a-16-(Lloyd Colston, emergency management director, City of Altus (AL'-tuhs), in AP interview)-"have severe weather"-Emergency Management Director Lloyd Colston says people who live in the Plains States need to monitor weather conditions. ((watch for dating)) (16 May 2015)

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APPHOTO KSEMP107: Storms moved through rural Lyon County, Kan., Saturday, May 16, 2015. Another round of strong storms, including some tornadoes, is moving across the nation's midsection. Storms were also moving across parts of Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and Minnesota, where there were some reports of tornadoes. (Matthew Fowler/Emporia Gazette via AP) (16 May 2015)

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APPHOTO KSEMP101: Storms moved through rural Southeast Lyon County, Kan., Saturday, May 16, 2015. Another round of strong storms, including some tornadoes, is moving across the nation's midsection. Storms were also moving across parts of Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and Minnesota, where there were some reports of tornadoes. (Matthew Fowler/Emporia Gazette via AP) (16 May 2015)

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APPHOTO KSEMP102: Storms moved through rural Lyon County, Kan., Saturday, May 16, 2015. Another round of strong storms, including some tornadoes, is moving across the nation's midsection. Storms were also moving across parts of Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and Minnesota, where there were some reports of tornadoes. (Matthew Fowler/Emporia Gazette via AP) (16 May 2015)

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