Governor declares state of emergency
OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Brad Henry has declared a state of emergency in 17 counties after tornadoes ravaged parts of Oklahoma and killed at least eight people.
Henry issued the declaration Wednesday, saying it will speed up efforts to help those areas and is a first step toward asking for federal assistance.
A tornado Tuesday night killed eight people and injured dozens in Lone Grove while Edmond, Oklahoma City, Pawnee, Wilson and Springer also sustained damage from twisters.
The counties included in the declaration are: Canadian, Carter, Cleveland, Garvin, Jefferson, Lincoln, Logan, Love, Murray, Oklahoma, Pawnee, Payne, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Nowata, Osage and Washington.
Henry says more may be added.
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