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15 killed in Oklahoma twister

world Updated: Feb 12, 2009 07:21 IST
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At least 15 people were killed when a massive tornado ripped across the Midwestern state of Oklahoma, today.

The Oklahoman newspaper reported that the twister tore a half-mile swath through the town of Lone Grove shortly before 7:30 pm (local time), citing state officials.

The US National Weather Service said that two people were killed by the tornado in Lone Grove which caused "extensive damage." The agency confirmed four tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas from the line of storms.

It has issued tornado watches for the area to the east of Oklahoma, meaning conditions are ripe for tornadoes until 5:30 IST.

Emergency Management officials were not immediately available to confirm the death toll.

Carter County Sheriff Ken Grace told the Oklahoman that although not all Lone Grove residents had been accounted for, he had been forced to suspend the search for survivors until daybreak.

"It's just too dangerous," Grace said, referring to jagged metal and still-live electrical wires on the ground.