Storm Downs Power Lines, Causes Damage in Oklahoma

Utility poles block part of an intersection after they were blown over in Oklahoma City, Tuesday , Feb. 10, 2009. A series of storms, with at least one tornado reported, swept through central Oklahoma Tuesday afternoon. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, David McDaniel)
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Severe storms knocked down power lines and damaged structures Tuesday afternoon in central Oklahoma.

Tornado sirens were activated, and television news video appeared to show a tornado and debris in the air in a rural area. School children were being kept in locked-down schools until the storm passed.

An intersection in northwest Oklahoma City was closed as power lines were down and debris, including glass, was in the road. People who were driving in the area were told to stay in their cars until crews could clear the power lines.

Fire Chief Brian Stanaland says there are reports of damage to a restaurant in northwest Oklahoma City. Television showed what looked like a collapsed wall.

Oklahoma Gas and Electric spokesman Brian Alford said about 10,500 customers lost power.

Lara O'Leary, a spokeswoman for Emergency Management Services Authority, said one injury had been reported so far. The person was being treated for cuts from broken glass.

The National Weather Service confirmed one tornado near Edmond, in a rural and residential area. It didn't immediately confirm if more tornadoes struck the area.