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8:01 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Severe Storms

Undated – Storms damage homes, businesses in central Okla.

PIEDMONT, Okla. (AP) Severe thunderstorms damaged homes and businesses and knocked out power to a central Oklahoma town that was hit by a deadly tornado in May.

Canadian County Emergency Management Director Jerry Smith said straight-line winds damaged the roofs of numerous homes and blew sheet metal into several businesses Monday night.

Smith says the storm tracked through the same area as a May 24 tornado that killed nearly a dozen people in the state, including two Piedmont boys.

Elsewhere, two tractor-trailers were blown over on Interstate 40 near Weatherford. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The National Weather Service estimated wind gusts of between 60 mph and 70 mph with many of the storms.

About 46,000 Oklahoma Gas and Electric customers and 930 Public Service Company of Oklahoma customers lost power.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.