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After statehood, in 1911 Woodward was established as a court town for the US District Court of western Oklahoma. Local photographers have more chances to win some prize money during this year’s annual photography contest at the Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum. A large tornado nearly quarter-mile wide has caused five confirmed fatalities, massive damage and injuries in Woodward early Sunday morning.
A large tornado nearly quarter-mile wide has caused five confirmed fatalities, massive damage and injuries in Woodward early Sunday morning. Authorities say a signal tower for Woodward's tornado sirens was struck by lightning and hit by a tornado early Sunday morning.
Woodward Police Chief Harvey Rutherford said Sunday the tower that was supposed to send a repeating signal to the town's tornado siren system was knocked out of commission by the storm, which affected the signal. Christine Kirbie, who works for the Woodward News, was at 1910 Meadow Lake when the storm hit. Reports indicate that the 8-mile damage field starts west of Woodward and into the residential areas around 34th Street. Search teams are sifting through rubble in Woodward, looking for people who may be trapped and injured following a killer tornado overnight.
Rusty Surette, the Red Cross spokesman in Oklahoma City, says local authorities are in "chaos mode." He says trucks with cots, food, water and other supplies are headed to the area, where more than 8,000 people are without power.
The chief executive officer of Woodward Regional Hospital says 29 people injured by the storm were brought to the hospital, including some who were in critical condition. Officials say they are still in the assessment phase of the disaster and are asking people to not go to Woodward to volunteer.