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Death toll rises to 9 in Okla. City area, frightened residents opt to flee



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On Saturday, muddy floodwaters stood several feet deep in the countryside surrounding the metro area. Torrential downpours followed for hours after the twisters moved east — up to 7 inches of rain in some parts — and the city’s airport had water damage. Some flights resumed Saturday.

The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office said the body of a man who went missing from his vehicle early Saturday near Harrah, east of Oklahoma City, was found later in a creek by deputies. Roadways around the area were crumbling because of water, especially near an intersection in northeastern Oklahoma City and in Canadian County south of I-40, between Mustang and Yukon.

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When the storm passed between El Reno and Yukon, it barreled down I-40 for more than two miles, ripping billboards down to twisted metal frames. Debris was tangled in the median’s crossover barriers, including huge pieces of sheet metal, tree limbs and a giant oil drum. The warped remains of a horse trailer lay atop a barbed-wire fence less than 50 yards from the highway.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reported more than 91,800 homes and businesses across the state remained without power Saturday.

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Sean Murphy can be reached at www.twitter.com/apseanmurphy.

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Associated Press writers Ken Miller in Oklahoma City and Jim Suhr in St. Louis contributed to this report.




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