OKLAHOMA CITY A tornado damaged homes and businesses and knocked down power lines Tuesday afternoon as severe storms moved through central Oklahoma. No serious injuries were reported.
Six homes were damaged or destroyed near Edmond, a suburb north of Oklahoma City.
"We are trying to dodge our storms and keep responders safe, so it is taking some time to get confirmation of damages," city spokeswoman Claudia Deakins said.
Schoolchildren were being kept in locked down schools until the storm passed.
Some structural damage was also reported in northwest Oklahoma City.
One wall of a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant collapsed and windows were blown out, but no injuries were reported, Fire Chief Brian Stanaland said. Signs were stripped and cars were damaged in the parking lot.
A large section of roof was blown off one apartment building and part of a wall was blown off another. Cars were shifted by the wind and
smashed into each other. Power lines and debris littered an intersection in northwest Oklahoma City, and motorists were told to stay in their cars until crews could clear the power lines.
Oklahoma Gas and Electric spokesman Brian Alford said about 14,000 customers lost power.
Lara O'Leary, a spokeswoman for Emergency Management Services Authority, said three minor injuries were reported.
We're very hopeful residents were in their safe spots when this moved through, she said.
The National Weather Service confirmed one tornado touched down 3 miles west-southwest of Edmond, about 3 p.m. The same tornado may have caused the damage in northwest Oklahoma City, but the weather service had no immediate confirmation.