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Storm Damage In SW OKC
Thousand of people are without power Friday night after an afternoon storm swept though the metro. The storm left a large trail of damage in its path. While some people in the community try to clean up the mess the storm left behind, others are still trying to figure out what hit them.
"It's just a very, very strong wind," said Mary Sosa. "I've never seen anything like that."
Mary Sosa was in Southwest Oklahoma City when she says the weather suddenly changed.
"I looked out the window and it was just solid rain," said Sosa.
Then the wind started to pick up.
"The trees in front of my house and my neighbor's yard were bending all the way to the ground," said Sosa.
The fierce winds tore down trees and knocked down power lines. OG&E says after the storm, more than 6,000 homes in the metro were left without power.
"We've got some power, some actually live power in the back that's on the ground," said Alfredo Contreras.
After the storm, Alfredo Contreras found a tree on top of his truck.
"The winds, they were pretty high," said Contreras.
Octavio Luna was at his grandmother's house when the storm came through.
"The rain started coming in circles down the street," said Luna.
Now a tree branch is a giant road block in the middle of the road, after winds tore it down.
"Well, it was already kind of cracked up there," said Luna. "Then I guess cause there was so much wind, it probably knocked the rest of it off."
"I think it's terrible, it could have hit somebody and hurt somebody," said Sehoya Rubio.
Eventhough Octavio and his family now have a tree in the middle of their road, they're happy no one was injured.
"I was just glad no one was out playing around," said Luna.
"I'm just thankful nobody go hurt," said Rubio.
OG&E spokeswoman said crews were still looking into the damage
Friday night. She said they're not sure when everyone will have power
Posted: Friday, September 7 2012, 09:28 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Okla. Senator says tornado aid should be paid for
May 21, 2013 14:50 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Conservative Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn says that any additional federal aid to help tornado victims and to rebuild devastated areas of his state should be financed with cuts to other programs in the government's $3.6 trillion budget.
Spokesman John Hart says it's a position Coburn has consistently held regarding federal spending on disasters dating to the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City.
But federal disaster aid such as $60 billion passed earlier this year to rebuild coastal states including New York and New Jersey from Superstorm Sandy typically is approved as "emergency" spending that is simply added to the budget deficit. That may happen again if more aid is need for Oklahoma.
Federal disaster aid coffers remain flush from the infusion of Sandy aid.
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