Fallin tours damage following Quapaw tornado

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QUAPAW, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin toured damage in the northeastern Oklahoma community of Quapaw on Monday, a day after a tornado killed one person and damaged fewer than 60 structures.

Sixty-eight-year-old John L. Brown, of Baxter Springs, Kan., was killed when he was traveling through Quapaw and he pulled over into a parking lot. A large concrete wall fell on his car. Six people were transported to hospitals.

Fewer than 60 structures suffered damage in Quapaw. Fifteen homes were totally destroyed.

Oklahoma escaped relatively unscathed - especially since no tornado warnings have been issued beforehand.

But Quapaw Chairman John Berrey said about 200 people took shelter in Quapaw even though no tornado warning had been issued.

Fallin issued a disaster declaration for Ottawa County on Monday to expedite the recovery process.

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