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2 dead when tornado hits Oklahoma City area

June 1, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tornadoes rolling in from the prairie slammed Oklahoma City and its suburbs on Friday. People were trapped in their vehicles as a storm swept down an interstate highway while commuters tried to beat it home.

A woman and infant were killed. But meteorologists who had warned about particularly nasty weather said the storm’s fury didn’t match that of a deadly twister that struck suburban Moore last week, killing 24 people.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says troopers found the bodies of the woman and baby near their vehicle. It’s not known if the woman was driving into the storm when it hit Friday evening.

At Will Rogers World Airport southwest of Oklahoma City, passengers were directed into underground tunnels and flights were canceled.

Violent weather also moved through the St. Louis area, ripping the roof off a suburban casino.

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259-a-11-(Ann Dee Lee, spokeswoman, Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, in AP interview)-“alone, we have 64-thousand”-Ann Dee Lee, a spokeswoman with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, says many trees and powerlines are down. ((watch for dating)) (31 May 2013)

<<CUT *259 (05/31/13)>> 00:11 “alone, we have 64-thousand”

260-a-08-(Ann Dee Lee, spokeswoman, Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, in AP interview)-“can’t can’t leave”-Ann Dee Lee, a spokeswoman with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, says the Red Cross has set up an emergency shelter along Interstate 40, where many vehicles were flipped and crashed in the tornado. ((watch for dating)) (31 May 2013)

<<CUT *260 (05/31/13)>> 00:08 “can’t can’t leave”

258-a-10-(Ann Dee Lee, spokeswoman, Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, in AP interview)-“and Oklahoma County”-Ann Dee Lee, a spokeswoman with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, says they won’t know the extent of destruction until daylight, but homes were damaged. (31 May 2013)

<<CUT *258 (05/31/13)>> 00:10 “and Oklahoma County”

262-a-13-(Governor Mary Fallin, R-Okla., in interview)-“the assessment stage”-Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin says she’s hopeful there is less damage from the latest storms than the tornadoes that struck earlier this month. COURTESY: KOCO-TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (31 May 2013)

<<CUT *262 (05/31/13)>> 00:13 “the assessment stage”

263-a-12-(Governor Mary Fallin, R-Okla., in interview)-“their fellow neighbors”-Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin says the state has had a rough couple of weeks. COURTESY: KOCO-TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (31 May 2013)

<<CUT *263 (05/31/13)>> 00:12 “their fellow neighbors”

APPHOTO NEOMA106: A pickup truck drives through a flooded Highline Blvd just east of South Meridian Ave where several trees were also down after a tornado on the ground near El Reno Okla. just south of Interstate 40 on Friday May 31, 2013. (AP Photo/The World-Herald, Chris Machian) MAGS OUT; ALL NEBRASKA LOCAL BROADCAST TV OUT (31 May 2013)

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