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Oklahoma governor declares state of emergency over tornado damage

Published 11/05/2016

The aftermath of a tornado in Wynnewood, Oklahoma (Nate Billings/The Oklahoman/AP)
The aftermath of a tornado in Wynnewood, Oklahoma (Nate Billings/The Oklahoman/AP)

The governor of Oklahoma has declared a state of emergency for 15 counties where tornadoes, severe storms and flooding have damaged property and caused two deaths.

The executive order issued by Mary Fallin will permit state agencies to make emergency purchases and acquisitions to expedite the delivery of resources to local communities.

The declaration also marks a first step towards seeking federal disaster assistance should it be necessary. The order can be amended to add more counties if needed.

Chester Barnes, 76, was found dead on Monday in the city of Wynnewood after his home was "blown apart by the tornado", according to Garvin County emergency services.

Jackie Brooks, 76, from Milburn, also died in the storms.

The medical examiner's office is examining the bodies to determine formal causes of death.

At least seven more people were taken to hospital with injuries.

Meanwhile, officials said a tornado had caused damage and injuries in western Kentucky.

The National Weather Service in Paducah confirmed a tornado touched down near Mayfield.

Homes and businesses in the area were reportedly damaged by the storm, and Kentucky State Police said at least eight people were injured.

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