WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — Apache Corp. has donated $350,000 to replace the tornado warning system in Woodward, where six people were killed this month by a twister that struck shortly after midnight.
The oil and gas company announced the donation Monday. Woodward officials say lightning knocked out electricity to the town's warning system, and few residents heard the sirens as the storm approached on April 15.
Six people died, 30 were injured and more than 200 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.
Apache Corp. says the donation will allow Woodward to buy a tornado system that can operate even if power is lost.
The Woodward News reports the system will include three large sirens that can be heard for 3 miles, along with 20 sirens that can be heard 1 mile away.
Information from: The Woodward News, http://www.woodwardnews.net
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