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    REPORTS: Deadly Tornadoes Touch Down Across Oklahoma and Arkansas

    By By Mark Leberfinger, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    March 29, 2015, 2:44:13 AM EDT

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    As of 5:30 a.m. CDT Thursday, this blog is no longer active. Archived reports from the storm can be found below.


    Strong storms continue to bring damaging winds and hail to the southern Plains Thursday morning.

    Several tornadoes touched down across areas of Arkansas and Oklahoma, including Moore, late Wednesday afternoon. One person died Wednesday after a storm hit a mobile home park near Sand Springs, Oklahoma, Tulsa County authorities told The Associated Press.

    "The worst of the severe weather has passed, but a few gusty storms are still possible through the early morning hours," AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Lada said.

    Strong thunderstorms will continue to press toward Little Rock, not reaching the city until Thursday morning.


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    UPDATES: (All times are listed in CDT)4:32 a.m. CDT Thursday: NWS Storm Prediction Center revised the number of tornado reports on Wednesday from eight to seven.

    4:18 a.m. CDT Thursday: Cleanup continues in Moore, Oklahoma.
    3:22 a.m. CDT Thursday:

    3:07 a.m. CDT Thursday: About 3,000 Arkansas customers are without electricity, utilities report.

    2:27 a.m. CDT Thursday: More than 24,000 customers in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area were without power at this time, Public Service Co. of Oklahoma reported.

    1:35 a.m. CDT Thursday: Windows were blown out a building in Russellville, Arkansas, NWS spotter reported.

    1:25 a.m. CDT Thursday: Public Service Co. of Oklahoma said it expects to restore electric service to all of its customers by noon Saturday, depending on the weather.

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    12:59 a.m. CDT Thursday: The highest wind gusts reported Wednesday evening were 80 mph, 4 miles southeast of Westport, Oklahoma; 73 mph, 3 miles south of Mustang, Oklahoma, and 72 mph at Will Rogers Airport, Oklahoma City.

    12:05 a.m. CDT Thursday: More than 6,000 Arkansas customers are without electricity at this time, utilities report.

    11:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday:
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    11:17 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Golf-ball-sized hail fell 2 miles north of Coalgate, Oklahoma, NWS spotter reported.

    11:05 p.m. CDT Wednesday:

    10:38 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Swift water rescues have occurred in the Eureka Springs, Arkansas, area, and a vehicle was swept off a bridge in the Holiday Island area, the National Weather Service reported.

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    10:25 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Only minor injuries occurred in Moore, Oklahoma, after a tornado hit the community, the City of Moore reported Wednesday night. Cleanup continues in the area.

    10:13 p.m. CDT Wednesday: One person died and more than seven people were injured after storms Wednesday night in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas, EMSA Oklahoma reported on its Facebook page.

    10:02 p.m. CDT Wednesday:
    9:50 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Western Heights Public Schools in Oklahoma City-area are also closed Thursday due to storm damage, the district reported.

    9:46 p.m. CDT Wednesday: More than 78,000 Oklahoma customers are without power at this time after severe storms strike the state, utilities report.

    9:34 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Flash flooding occurring in Howell County, Missouri, the Missouri Department of Transportation reported.

    9:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday:

    9:27 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Moore, Oklahoma, schools are closed Thursday due to storm damage, Superintendent Robert Romines announced.

    "Southgate Elementary was hit and it appears that the roof is gone and several homes in the area have also been hit. Administrators are walking the neighborhoods to check on the families to make sure that all are okay. Other buildings were hit but we do not know the extent of the damage at this point (most likely windows blown out, loss of electricity, and minor roof damage)," Romines said in a Facebook post.

    9:14 p.m. CDT Wednesday: NWS Storm Prediction Center said it has received eight tornado reports from Arkansas and Oklahoma.

    9:11 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Storm damage in Moore, Oklahoma.
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    8:55 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Storm damages Oklahoma City-area radio station's tower.

    8:40 p.m. CDT Wednesday: More than 36,700 Public Service Company of Oklahoma customers are without power, the utility reports.

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    7:36 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Tornado reported near Peggs, Oklahoma, according to NWS.

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    Debris indicated by radar west of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, according to NWS Norman.

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