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Weather Service Assigns Ratings To Saturday Twisters In Rural, Sparsely Populated Oklahoma

Damage from the May 16, 2015 tornado near Elmer.
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Damage from Saturday's tornado near Elmer.

Storm survey teams from the National Weather Service spent Sunday surveying damage from two tornadoes that touched down in Oklahoma on Saturday.

Meteorologists assigned a preliminary rating of EF2 to the storm that carved a 35 mile path of damage from southwest of Elmer to east of Snyder in far southwest Oklahoma.

The hour-long twister also briefly moved through far north Texas.

The estimated path of Saturday's EF2 tornado that touched down near the southwest Oklahoma communities of Elmer, Tipton, and Snyder.
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The estimated path of Saturday's EF2 tornado that touched down near the southwest Oklahoma communities of Elmer, Tipton, and Snyder.

A second, EF1 tornado was on the ground for about 12 miles from northwest of Fairview to north of Cleo Springs in Major County in northwest Oklahoma.

Several buildings were damaged or destroyed, but there were no reported injuries or deaths.

The path of the EF1 tornado that hit Saturday near Fairview and Cleo Springs in Major County.
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The path of the EF1 tornado that hit Saturday near Fairview and Cleo Springs in Major County.

The Weather Service is also surveying damage for tornadoes reported in Elk City, Meers, Anadarko, and Tecumseh.

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Brian Hardzinski is from Flower Mound, Texas and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He began his career at KGOU as a student intern, joining KGOU full time in 2009 as Operations and Public Service Announcement Director. He began regularly hosting Morning Edition in 2014, and became the station's first Digital News Editor in 2015-16. Brian’s work at KGOU has been honored by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, and local and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists. Brian enjoys competing in triathlons, distance running, playing tennis, and entertaining his rambunctious Boston Terrier, Bucky.
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