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Cluster of twisters kills 8

An unusual cluster of February twisters touched down across Oklahoma, ripping off roofs, littering roads with downed power lines and killing eight people in a small southern town.

Emergency responders searched into the night in the hardest-hit community of Lone Grove, where eight people died and 14 people suffered serious injuries on Tuesday, said Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Michelann Ooten.

Rescuers found one woman injured but alive under an overturned mobile home, but eventually they suspended efforts until daybreak because of numerous electricity lines down.

Structures have been damaged or destroyed throughout the town of about 4,600, some 100 miles south of Oklahoma City, said Chester Agan, assistant emergency manager for Carter County.


A twister also touched down in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, where homes and businesses were damaged, but only three minor injuries were reported.

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