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National Weather Service to send survey team to examine possible tornado in northeast Oklahoma


AFTON, Oklahoma — The National Weather Service plans to send a survey team to Ottawa County where there are reports of a tornado touchdown.

The possible tornado near Afton was part of a storm system that moved through northeastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas late Thursday and early Friday. Weather service meteorologist Joe Sellers in Tulsa said there are reports of damaged buildings as winds reached 60 to 70 miles per hour and golf ball-sized hail fell in the region.

There are no reports of injury.

Sellers said Friday will be cooler temperatures in the 60s. A tornado watch in northern Arkansas for an area from east of Fayetteville to the Tennessee state line expired in midmorning, but thunderstorms with strong winds and dangerous lightning are expected Friday night.

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