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Twisters leave 1 dead, 12 hurt in Oklahoma


Crews in central Oklahoma on Monday were assessing the damage and clearing debris left behind by a string of rare February tornadoes that roared through the area overnight, knocking out power to thousands of customers, leaving at least one person dead and injuring a dozen people.

The storm system produced at least four tornadoes as it moved across central and northeaste­rn Illinois on Monday, including two that formed in suburbs west of Chicago, authoritie­s said. Initial reports suggested damage there was limited to fallen trees or shingles torn from buildings, said Rafal Ogorek, a meteorolog­ist in the Chicago office of the National Weather Service.

At least one person was killed and three others injured after a tornado touched down Sunday night in far-western Oklahoma near the town of Cheyenne, where 20 homes were damaged and four others destroyed, Roger Mills County Emergency Manager Levi Blackkette­r reported.

Officials in Norman, Okla., confirmed 12 weather-related injuries after tornadoes and wind gusts as high as 90 mph were reported in the state Sunday night. The winds toppled trees and power lines, closed roads and damaged homes and businesses around Norman and Shawnee.

More than 76,000 customers lost power in Oklahoma, but most had it restored by Monday morning, Oklahoma’s Office of Emergency Management reported.

There were reports of nine tornadoes in Kansas, Oklahoma and northweste­rn Texas, weather officials said. One tornado near Liberal, Kan., damaged more than a dozen homes and caused minor injuries to one person, KSNW-TV reported.

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