Severe storms hit Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Power is back for most customers who suffered outages when severe thunderstorms hit parts of Oklahoma overnight.

The storms knocked down power poles and dropped so much hail it looked like winter in part of the Panhandle.

There were no reports of structural damage or injuries with the storms, which pounded northern, western and central Oklahoma tonight.

Nearly 8,900 customers were without electricity in central sections of the state at one time but the outages were down to 70 this morning.

The National Weather Service says winds gusted to between 60 an 70 miles per hour mainly west of Interstate 35.

Power poles were blown down along Oklahoma Highway 23 south of Elmwood in Beaver County. In the same area pea- to quarter-size hail piled 5 to 6 inches deep and looked like snow on the roadway.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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