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Authorities: 5 confirmed dead in NW Okla. tornado

Authorities: 5 confirmed dead after tornado touches down in and around a NW Oklahoma town By The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) ' Authorities say five people are confirmed dead after a tornado hit and around the northwest Oklahoma town of Woodward.

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said early Sunday that state medical examiner's office had confirmed the fatalities in the Woodward area. Cain said she didn't know the gender or age of the victims or details of their death.

The National Weather Service said the tornado hit at 12:18 a.m. Sunday.

Woodward Mayor Roscoe Hill told AP that sirens were not apparently sounding when the tornado hit. He said the sirens had gone off loudly during earlier storms on Saturday afternoon. Hill says the tornado hit in a mixed area of residences and businesses.

Woodward police say search and rescue units have gone to the damage area.

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