Ap­par­ent tor­nado leaves de­struc­tion in Tulsa; 13 in­jured

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OK­LA­HOMA CITY | An ap­par­ent tor­nado near mid­town Tulsa early Sun­day

in­jured more than a dozen peo­ple, knocked out power to thou­sands of cus­tomers, heav­ily dam­aged busi­nesses and blew de­bris through the streets, leav­ing a “Pet Smart” sign sus­pended around power lines.

No deaths were re­ported fol­low­ing the storm that struck shortly after 1 a.m., ac­cord­ing to city of Tulsa spokes­woman Kim Meloy.

She said at least 13 peo­ple were taken to hospi­tals in undis­closed con­di­tion.

An am­bu­lance ser­vice spokes­woman did not im­me­di­ately re­turn a phone call for com­ment about the in­jured.

Some of the dam­aged power poles leaned pre­car­i­ously over road­ways,

with power lines dan­gling to the ground, and forced the clos­ing of In­ter­state 244 for about two hours im­me­di­ately after the storm.

More than 11,000 cus­tomers were with­out power at one point. More than 3,600 re­mained with­out elec­tric­ity late Sun­day morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­pany of Ok­la­homa.

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