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Limited damage for members in wake of Oklahoma tornadoes

Storms that spawned deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma affected some Church members by resulting in property damage but no loss of life or injury.

Hazel Wright and her daughter Karen Arms, from left, try to find a spot to begin on the damage clean up at Arms' home in the Oaktree addition on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, after a tornado hit the area on Tuesday in Edmond, Okla.
Hazel Wright and her daughter Karen Arms, from left, try to find a spot to begin on the damage clean up at Arms' home in the Oaktree addition on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, after a tornado hit the area on Tuesday in Edmond, Okla. Photo: Associated Press

Tornadoes ripped through parts of Oklahoma on Feb. 10, killing nine people and injuring 50 others in the town of Lone Grove. More than 29,000 homes lost power. At press time, officials were still assessing the number of homes and businesses that were damaged or destroyed.

The towns of Pawnee and Edmond, Okla., were also hard hit.

President Robert C. Keyes of the Norman Oklahoma Stake said Ardmore Ward Bishop Val C. Wheelwright reported local priesthood leaders were able to contact all members of the ward — the unit located closest to Lone Grove — and no injuries and no major damage to the members' homes or Church property were reported. Power was still out in area as of Feb. 12, with no estimated time of it being restored.

A woman looks through wreckage of home destroyed by a tornado in Lone Grove, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009. Emergency crews on Wednesday searched for more victims amid the wreckage of homes and businesses smashed by a cluster of tornadoes that killed at least eight people.
A woman looks through wreckage of home destroyed by a tornado in Lone Grove, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009. Emergency crews on Wednesday searched for more victims amid the wreckage of homes and businesses smashed by a cluster of tornadoes that killed at least eight people. Photo: Associated Press

The Church's Welfare Services Report confirmed all Church members and missionaries in the affected Oklahoma areas are safe and accounted for, with three homes of Church members receiving significant damage during the storm. Several exterior lights and cars on the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple grounds suffered serious damage from hail. No damage to the temple structure or to area Church buildings was reported.

President Keyes said ward and stake leaders were planning to provide clean-up crews to work in Lone Grove, with other nearby stakes looking to organize similar volunteer crews. Member needs are being met at a local level.

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