Tornadoes hit Oklahoma, Arkansas; 1 dead, several injured

By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS
Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for 25 Oklahoma counties after powerful storms rumbled across the state and produced tornadoes and flat-line winds that led to one death, numerous injuries and widespread damage.

Fallin announced the declaration Thursday morning in Moore after touring Southgate-Rippetoe Elementary School, which had much of its roof torn off and suffered major water damage. No students were in the building during the storm, and no injuries were reported at the school.

Moore Schools Superintendent Robert Romines said air conditioning units toppled from roofs at several schools in the district after powerful winds and at least one small tornado passed through the suburb Wednesday evening.

A tornado that hit Moore in 2013 destroyed two schools and killed seven students.

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Associated Press reporters Ken Miller, Sean Murphy and Tim Talley in Oklahoma City and Jackie Quinn in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report.

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