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8:01 am
Wed July 13, 2011

Heat Relief Won't Last Long

Oklahoma City, OK – Thunderstorms provide some heat relief for Okla.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Severe thunderstorms rumbled across Oklahoma, dropping much-needed rain on areas that have endured triple-digit heat for days.

Strong storms packing heavy rain, hail and wind pounded the Oklahoma City metropolitan area and other areas Tuesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service reported wind gusts between 59 mph and 72 mph near Will Rogers World Airport in southwest Oklahoma City. Damage to power lines also was reported in Midwest City.

In Stillwater, high winds blew roofing material off the Cowboy Book store in Stillwater and onto a parked car, damaging the windshield and denting the vehicle.

At one point, more than 13,000 Oklahoma Gas and Electric customers were without power, but that had decreased to 8,350 by Tuesday night.

An excessive heat warning is in effect for 16 eastern Oklahoma counties.