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Statewide tornado-free streak ends while earthquakes abound

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Recent severe storms that swept across Oklahoma last weekend has brought the state’s eight month tornado-free streak to an end. 

Just after 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, an EF-0 tornado touched down briefly about eight miles northeast of Velma, in Stephens County, National Weather Service meteorologist Jonathan Kurtz said. 

The twister touched down in the middle of a field. While formal investigations have not been completed as of press time, the tornado is not expected to have caused any damage, Kurtz said.

It was Oklahoma’s first tornado since Aug. 7, 2013, when an EF-0 tornado touched down 3.5 miles west of Turpin, in Beaver County. 2013 saw a total of 82 tornadoes recorded by the National Weather Service, including the May 20 tornado that struck Moore and parts of Newcastle, killing 24 and injuring more than 200. 

Oklahoma has seen an uptick in another form of nature’s wrath in the eight months without a tornado. Since Aug. 1, more than 2,000 earthquakes have rocked Oklahoma ground, according to data provided by the Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS), located in Norman.


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