Gov. Fallin declares state of emergency in 15 tornado-stricken counties
Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in 15 counties affected by tornadoes and severe thunderstorms this week.
The counties included in the declaration are Atoka, Bryan, Choctaw, Cleveland, Coal, Comanche, Garvin, Johnson, Kay, McCurtain, Murray, Noble, Payne, Stephens and Tillman. The declaration enables state agencies to make emergency purchases and acquisitions in order to help communities recover from the storms. The order remains in effect for 30 days.
Two men were killed Monday night when at least seven tornadoes tore through Oklahoma. Chester Barnes, 76, was killed in his home near Wynnewood, the Garvin County emergency manager reported. In Johnston County, Jackie D. Brooks, 78, died when a tornado destroyed his house 4 miles southeast of Connerville, a small community about 25 miles south of Ada. Brooks was found about 150 yards from his house, Johnston County Sheriff Jon Smith said.
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