Video: Twister rips through Oklahoma

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    >> weather for al.

    >> the tornado got my attention yesterday and other people's, too. it's that time of year. as the spring arrives and the warmer weather, so does the severe weather . this is one of the first tornadoes we've seen in months throughout the middle of the country. five homes were severely damaged and some people would even say these storm chasers were too close, almost endangering themselves. speaking of severe weather , we

updated 3/9/2010 7:40:07 AM ET 2010-03-09T12:40:07

Authorities say at least five homes and a barn owned by the county government were destroyed in a tornado in western Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Michelann Ooten says no injuries were reported with Monday's tornado.

Ooten says that besides the five homes and barn that were destroyed, the roofs of several other houses were blown off, and power lines were down throughout the area.

The National Weather Service says a television storm spotter reported seeing the tornado about 5:15 p.m. near Elk City, which is about 110 miles west of Oklahoma City.

The tornado was on the ground at least 15 minutes, traveling across open countryside before reaching Hammon, about 15 miles to the north.

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