OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today declared a state of emergency for 25 counties due to tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding on Wednesday.
The counties included in the governor’s declaration are: Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Cleveland, Comanche, Creek, Garvin, Grady, Lincoln, Logan, Love, McClain, Murray, Oklahoma, Osage, Pawnee, Payne, Pontotoc, Rogers, Seminole, Stephens, Tulsa, Wagoner, Washington and Washita.
“Last night’s storms led to wide-spread damage throughout a large portion of the state,” said Fallin. “I appreciate the ongoing work of our first responders who have been working through the night to assist those in need. I also offer my continued thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the storms.”
The storms resulted in at least one death reported near Sand Springs and multiple injuries.
Under the executive order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions. The declaration also marks a first step toward seeking federal assistance should it be necessary.
The declaration can be amended to add additional counties if conditions warrant.