Tornado Damages Casino in Norman, Oklahoma

Winds toppled power lines outside the casino and water spilled into the auditorium after a mid-section of the roof was ripped off

The casino reportedly suffered damage from water and debris, but there are no reports of injuries.

Part of the Riverwind Casino's roof was ripped off in Norman during a Beach Boys concert Saturday. The governor of the state, Mary Fallin, was in attendance and according to, the Governor told KWTV that rain was coming through the roof and she was evacuated from the casino two times. An EF1 tornado can produce winds up to 110 m.p.h. "I looked up toward the balcony, and there's this huge flood of rain coming through the roof into the concert hall", she said.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for much of the region, prompting students at the nearby University of Oklahoma to take shelter as the storm barreled toward Texas.

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"Our crews were watching, making sure that we were taking all of the necessary precautions, but we didn't get a warning until the tornado was upon the building", said Riverwind Casino Spokeperson Kym Koch.

Keli Cain, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, says preliminary damage reports indicate the twister touched down in Cleveland County. The venue still has no electricity and parts of it are closed for repairs. She said that she realized there was serious damage when she was walking through the auditorium of the casino.

National Weather Service meteorologist John Pike said officials were surveying Tillman, Comanche, McClain and Seminole counties, where the tornadoes and damage were reported.


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