|Updated: 5/19/2013 10:06 pm
||Published: 5/19/2013 9:17 pm
Governor Mary Fallin declared a State of Emergency for 16 Oklahoma counties due to tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding that began Saturday.
The counties included in the declaration are: Caddo, Cleveland, Comanche, Creek, Garfield, Grant, Greer, Kiowa, Lincoln, Logan, McClain, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Pawnee, Payne and Pottawatomie.
One person has been reported killed in Pottawatomie County and two people are still missing.
The declaration can be amended to add additional counties if conditions warrant.
Since Saturday, these Oklahoma counties have experienced tornadoes, straight-line winds, damaging hail and flooding. Initial reports show damage in numerous communities including Bethel Acres, Carney, Edmond, Little Axe, Norman, Shawnee and Wellston. Further damage assessments are ongoing.
“Our hearts and prayers are with those Oklahomans who have been affected by today's severe weather," Fallin said. "The state of emergency declaration will allow state agencies to help expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions to aid with the clean up and recovery from today's storm."
Under the Executive Order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions. The declaration also marks a first step toward seeking federal assistance should it be necessary.