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Deaths as storm sweeps mobile home into Oklahoma ravine

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Storm clouds roll in over Busch Stadium as the St. Louis Cardinals prepare to take on the Milwaukee Brewers in a baseball game on Friday night.

Powerful storms rumbled across parts of the Midwest and the southern Plains late Friday evening, leaving a total of four people dead.

The storms left damaged homes, downed trees and thousands of power outages in their wake as they swept across Oklahoma, weather.com reported.


Two adults and an infant were found dead inside their destroyed mobile home after it was blown into a ravine in Nowata County, according to Doug Sonenburg, undersheriff of Nowata County.

The storms sent high winds through much of northeastern Oklahoma late Friday, causing road closures and evacuations in some areas.

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Public Service Company of Oklahoma reported 17,790 customers without power, and at least 2,885 Oklahoma Gas and Electric customers were without electricity.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol also reported that Ash Grove, Mo., resident Jimmy King was killed when straight-line winds flipped the semi he was driving onto a cement barrier wall and trapped him inside near Afton, according to The Associated Press.

Troopers said the 70-year-old King was pinned in the wreckage for nearly three hours and died at the scene of massive injuries.

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Utility crews were also scrambling to address scattered power outages in southern, central and eastern Missouri after powerful thunderstorms swept across the state.

Several high schools postponed their Friday night football games to avoid taking chances.

The storms brought large hail to the Ozarks and the Columbia and Jefferson City areas, along with winds up to 70 mph that snapped power poles and trees in several communities.

Emergency managers received scattered reports of roofs torn from barns and streets blocked by fallen trees and power lines. The National Weather Service posted a few tornado warnings, but no funnel clouds were reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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