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Oklahoma Faces ‘Lot of Cleanup’ From Latest Storms, Fallin Says

June 02, 2013

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said her state faces “a lot of cleanup” from tornadoes that killed nine people and injured more than 100 on May 31.

“There are still people missing,” Fallin said today on CBS’s “Face the Nation” program. “It’s been a very trying couple of weeks,” she said, referring to a previous burst of tornadoes that damaged or destroyed more than 3,900 houses and businesses May 20, as well as last week’s storms.

The May 31 storms struck during rush hour traffic after businesses let employees leave early to seek safety, Fallin said. “The highways were just packed,” she said on CBS.

Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes caused $15 billion in insured losses last year, according to the Insurance Information Institute in New York. They were the second-highest cause of catastrophic loss, totaling $130.2 billion from 1992 to 2011, after hurricanes and tropical storms, the institute said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ann Hughey at ahughey@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Walcott at jwalcott9@bloomberg.net


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