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Tornado Clean Up Begins in Oklahoma and Kansas

QUAPAW, Okla. -- Severe storms Sunday night leave at least one person dead in Oklahoma and dozens injured there and in Kansas just across the state line from Joplin.
QUAPAW, Okla. -- Severe storms Sunday night leave at least one person dead in Oklahoma and dozens injured there and in Kansas just across the state line from Joplin.  It was from the same round of storms that killed at least 16 people in central Arkansas.

Authorities say the storm struck Quapaw about 5:30pm.

One person who was passing through town, died when they sought refuge in a vacant building.
Debris from the building collapsed on top the car, killing the person inside.
5 other people were injured. 

The video attached above is from the Quapaw storm.

Quapaw police chief Gary Graham says they had no warning and didn't sound the sirens.

Authorities estimate the storm started near the fire department, on the southwest part of town and then headed down Main Street where it headed north.
The damaged area is said to be a 5 by 4 block area and included 2 dozen homes.

Shelters have been set up at the Tribal Wellness Center and the middle school gymnasium.

The city does not have any electricity and authorities are concerned about the water supply.
Right now there is a 2 day supply of water, so city leaders are asking residents to conserve.

Search crews has swept the area twice, but plan to go again Monday.

Officials are restricting access to damaged buildings and ask people not to go into the area to sightsee.

In nearby Baxter Springs, Kansas, residents are picking up after a tornado hits the city Sunday. 

Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves says the storm made its way down Military Avenue.

Emergency managers say several homes and businesses in downtown Baxter Springs were destroyed.

Assessment of the extent of damage will begin Monday.
A curfew was declared Sunday night.

Anyone who received damaged or was in need of assistance was asked to go to the Baxter Community Center or First Baptist Church.

As a result of the storms, Baxter Springs schools will be closed Monday.

Anyone interested in volunteering in Baxter Springs is asked to report to Baxter City Hall, located at 1445 Military Avenue. You must register before you can help.


(KODE, Joplin)

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