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Governor Stitt declares state of emergency for multiple counties after tornado outbreak

Update: The National Weather Service said at least six tornadoes touched down Friday in Oklahoma.

Surveyors said damage found in Idabel indicates at least an EF-2 tornado touched down, but they said that same tornado started in Red River County, Texas as an EF-3.


Original Story:

Governor Kevin Stitt declared a state of emergency Saturday for Bryan, McCurtain, Choctaw and LeFlore counties after a deadly and destructive tornado outbreak in southeast Oklahoma on Friday.

The governor’s office said more than 100 homes and businesses were damaged.

One person was killed when the storm hit the Pickens area.

“The state stands ready to send all the help, support, and resources southeastern Oklahoma needs to recover and rebuild from this devastating storm,” said Governor Stitt. “Oklahomans are strong and resilient. We will build back these homes and businesses.”

Governor Stitt toured storm damage Saturday morning.

Watch a video recap of his tour here

Among the destruction in Idabel was major damage to Trinity Baptist Church.

The church posted to Facebook to say Sunday services would be held in the parking lot at 11am Sunday.

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