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Tornado Hits Norman, Oklahoma; More Storms in Forecast

April 13, 2012

A tornado touched down in Norman, Oklahoma, today and more twisters are expected across the central U.S. tomorrow.

The storm in Norman knocked out power and telephone service and damaged City Hall, Keli Cain, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, said in a telephone interview from Oklahoma City. Norman is 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Oklahoma City.

“They’re working on getting their Internet services and phone service back up,” Cain said. “Right now, they’re working off a generator at City Hall.”

Tornadoes are expected to sweep across the central U.S. tomorrow from Nebraska to Texas, according to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center in Norman. The highest chance for severe weather will be in central Kansas and Oklahoma, according to a center bulletin.

The storm in Oklahoma follows one that struck the Dallas area earlier this month, causing the cancellation of more than 1,900 flights and damaging aircraft at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

An outbreak March 2 to March 3 across the Ohio Valley and the Southeast killed at least 40 people and caused more than $1.5 billion of damage, according to NOAA. It is the first $1 billion weather-related disaster of the year. In 2011, the U.S. recorded 14 weather-related disasters that caused $1 billion in damage or more, according to NOAA.

In March, 223 tornadoes were reported in a month that normally has about 80, according to NOAA.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian K. Sullivan in Boston at bsullivan10@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net


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