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Twisters Level Oklahoma Homes

Northern Oklahoma braced for more rough weather Thursday after tornadoes roared through the area the evening before, causing severe damage in two towns.

Officials reported that at least three twisters touched down in Garfield County on Wednesday night. No deaths or injuries were reported, but several homes and buildings were destroyed in the storms.

Officials say downed power lines, tree limbs, light poles and other debris that were once homes and businesses were destroyed and scattered as if they had been through a lawn mower. The local power company was working to restore electricity to residents.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol closed all roads into Carrier because of downed power lines, high water and scattered debris. Area firefighters and police searched through wrecked buildings to search for storm survivors.

"We could hardly see anything because of the rain and hail," said storm spotter Dale Pazzo.

Several town residents took refuge Wednesday night in a storm cellar one man referred to as "the cave."

"I could see it and I could hear it," said Rex Mitchell. "I heard it roaring and yelled, 'Let's get in the cave.'"

Mitchell said they heard house items flying around and breaking. He said the roar soon turned into a "giant sucking sound."

CBS This Morning Meteorologist Craig Allen reports that the storms were part of a greater system sweeping through America.

Flash flood warnings remained in effect Thursday in six Oklahoma counties, including Garfield. The weather service said the storm front was "waffling" instead of moving out of the area.

Wind and heavy rains were also forecast for Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday. The western states can expect similar whether, with wind and snow in Cheyenne, Wyo., and rain in Salt Lake City.

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