BROKEN BOW, Okla. (AP) - Tornados swept across eastern Oklahoma overnight, damaging homes and overturning trailers but causing no major injuries, authorities said Friday.
Several businesses were damaged, cars were overturned and tree limbs littered Broken Bow, a town of about 4,000 in the southeast corner of the state, authorities said. Much of the town was still without electricity early Friday.
The twisters began developing about 6 p.m. and moved east-southeast across Oklahoma and into Arkansas, the National Weather Service reported.
A sheriff's dispatcher in Polk County, Ark., said rooftops had been blown off some homes between Board Camp and Big Fork, near the Oklahoma border, but no injuries had been reported. Emergency workers had to use chainsaws to clear trees in roadways so they could reach damaged homes.
Near Muskogee, in east-central Oklahoma, one or more tornadoes destroyed two mobile homes and damaged others, the sheriff's office said. The storm also knocked down power lines and trees near the Port of Muskogee and damaged an Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. plant.
Jim Liels said he and his family struggled to get out their back door to a storm cellar when the sirens sounded in Broken Bow.
"We got it open and debris was going over our heads and it was taking up trees and buildings," Liels said.
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