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Oklahoma storms leave 13,500 without power Thursday

The storm spawned tornadoes and one person was killed when what is believed to be a tornado struck a mobile home park in Sand Springs.

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    Storm clouds gather over downtown Tulsa, Okla., Wednesday. The slow start to the nation's tornado season came to a blustery end Wednesday when tornadoes hit Arkansas and Oklahoma, including one that raked Tulsa and its suburbs during the evening rush hour.
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About 13,500 power outages continue in Oklahoma after severe storms struck the state and left at least one person dead.

Public Service Company of Oklahoma reported about 7,000 outages Thursday morning and Oklahoma Gas & Electric reported more than 9,400. The majority of the outages are in Tulsa County with nearly 6,700 and in the Oklahoma City metro with about 9,100.

Oklahoma Electric Cooperative reported fewer than 100 outages among its member cooperatives.

The storm spawned tornadoes and one person was killed when what is believed to be a tornado struck a mobile home park in Sand Springs.

Tulsa County Sheriff's Capt. Billy McKelvey said one person was killed in the mobile home park in the Tulsa suburb of Sand Springs, which he said could accommodate 40 to 50 trailers.

"It could have been much worse," he said.

A National Weather Service meteorologist said survey teams would be sent to assess the damage Thursday but that it was likely a twister that hit Sand Springs.

"I think at this point there probably is enough video evidence that there probably was a tornado there," said Joe Sellers at the weather service's Tulsa office.

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