Fallin declares state of emergency after storms

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for 35 Oklahoma counties hit by severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding.

The declaration issued Wednesday applies to a huge swath of counties stretching from central Oklahoma eastward.

A storm packing winds up to 80 miles per hour knocked out power to more than 100,000 at its peak, and utility officials said it could be several days until all power is restored.

Fallin says damage assessments are ongoing and that additional counties could be added to the declaration. Her executive order allows state agencies to make emergency purchases needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions.

The state declaration also marks a first step toward seeking federal aid, if it's determined to be needed.

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