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Tornadoes tear through Oklahoma and Arkansas Thursday

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PERKINS, RIPLEY -- In what has been all to common in recent weeks, the 4Warn Storm Team was tracking severe storms from just after the noon hour until late last night in central portions of our state.

While the metro OKC area was mostly spared, tornadic-producing storms were north and south of the metro area, from just east of the Lawton area to north of the metro near Pernell. Radar indicated strong wind shear activity, but actual tornadoes were rare to develop; although the National Weather Service indicated one on the ground near Ripley and another in Perkins near Stillwater.

Later on Thursday night, another tornado touched down in the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow, with reports of roof damage and structures being damaged. However, no destroyed buildings were reported nor homes destroyed. Tornadoes were also occurring across the border in Arkansas, with confirmed tornado touchdowns in Clark and Montgomery counties.