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Tornado destroys 5 homes, damages others in Hammon

By AARON CRESPO March 8, 2010

Five homes were destroyed and several others damaged when a tornado passed through Hammon in Roger Mills County this evening, the state emergency management office reported. The storm also destroyed a county barn and caused other debris about 6 p.m.

Footage from storm chasers showed downed power lines and damage to some residences and buildings in the southern part of the town. No injuries have been reported.

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The area was under a tornado warning, which was allowed to expire at 6:30 p.m.

The tornado was first reported on the ground about three miles north of Elk City and moved on to Hammon, about 15 miles away.

Resident Jimmy Dodd said the winds were so strong it nearly flipped his wife's car.

"My wife works in Cheyenne and she was on her way home when she saw the tornado off to the south of her and it blew her off the road. It was hailing so bad and it almost flipped her car," Dodd said.

Rita Dodd was OK but shaken up, he said.

He said some of the homes destroyed were adjacent to the county barn.

One Hammon resident said they were packed in a storm cellar in Hammon when the tornado passed through.

"There's cops all over, they won't let us get close. Power is out," the resident said. "I thank God that it didn't do more damage. We're just real blessed."

The resident, who didn't want to give her name, said they could see the tornado after it passed them and emergency crews had filled the streets, preventing anyone from getting close.

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