Deadly storms hit Green Country

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Updated: 9/07/2012 10:40 pm Published: 9/07/2012 4:37 pm

Breaking Weather tore across Green Country Friday afternoon and evening.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation said semis were blown over along the Will Rogers Turnpike.

The driver of a semi that crashed near Afton died when strong winds overturned his semi and cab.  The top of the cab slammed into the cement barrier wall.  The driver was identified as Jimmy Carl King, 70, of Ash Grove, Missouri.  He was pinned in the cab for three hours.

Emergency crews are in Nowata trying to determine the extent of damage from storms and wind gusts up to 80 mph that tore through the town late Friday afternoon.  Two grandparents and their grand baby died when wind tore their mobile home from its foundation.  Neighbors say they found the bodies of the family in a nearby ravine.

Tree limbs and power lines toppled, closing US169 near Nowata for a few hours.

PSO worked to restore power.  There were power outages reported in Tulsa, Nowata, Creek, Rogers, Osage, Wagoner, Mayes, Delaware and Okmulgee Counties.  At the height of the storm there were around 20,000 customers without power.

For several hours after the storms, traffic lights were out all over Tulsa, especially in east and midtown Tulsa.  We are hearing many of those lights are now in working order, but if you see one that is out call the city at (918) 596-9777.

There are also reports of wind damage, including a large tree limb that fell down at LaFortune Park on Friday, a tree limb across the road near 36th & Troost, and near 31st and Garnett.  

We'll continue to update you as the situation develops.

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