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National Weather Service says possible tornado reported in near Okemah eastern Oklahoma


NORMAN, Oklahoma — The National Weather Service in Tulsa says a possible tornado touched down near Okemah in east-central Oklahoma as strong storms moved across the state.

Meteorologist Peter Snyder says there were no injuries or significant damage when the potential twister touched down about 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Snyder says a tornado watch remains in effect until 9 p.m. for far eastern Oklahoma and the western half of Arkansas, but that the greatest threat is heavy rain and hail.

Snyder said an inch to two inches of rain fell during the afternoon in LeFlore and McCurtain counties and more than an inch was recorded in Nowata and Washington counties.

The weather service in Norman says there are reports of power lines down across western Oklahoma, but no reports of injury or significant damage.

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