- Associated Press - Sunday, April 27, 2014

MIAMI, Okla. (AP) - A deadly tornado swept through the town of Quapaw in northeastern Oklahoma on Sunday, killing one person, injuring at least six and causing heavy damage.

Ottawa County authorities said the tornado struck Quapaw, near the state’s border with Kansas and Missouri about 5:30 p.m. One person died, not two as was previously reported by the Ottawa County sheriff’s department, dispatcher Kelli Soechs said late Sunday. She declined to explain the discrepancy.

Kristie Wallace, a spokeswoman for the Baptist Regional Health Center in nearby Miami, said another six people were treated for tornado-related injuries and one was kept overnight. That person was in fair condition and suffered a broken bone, Wallace said, adding that all of the other patients were treated for minor injuries and released.

Ottawa County Emergency Management Director Joe Dan Morgan says Quapaw, which has about 900 residents, was heavily damaged by the tornado.

“Looks like about half of town got extensive damage as well as the fire department,” Morgan said. His staff was assessing the extent of damage on Sunday.

After hitting Quapaw, the twister continued north into Kansas and struck Baxter Springs, about 5 miles away. About 60 to 70 homes and 20 to 25 businesses were destroyed, Cherokee County, Kan., emergency manager Jason Allison said. No deaths were reported.

The twister was one of several that struck Sunday in a large swath of the Plains, Midwest and South affected by the storm system. Tornadoes also touched down in Arkansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.



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