Violent storms kill 13 in Ok, KS, AR

EL RENO, OK AND DENNING, AR (KAIT & AP) - The chief deputy sheriff in Franklin County has confirmed a third fatality in a violent storm that struck western Arkansas.

Deputy Devin Bramlett's announcement early Wednesday brings the tally of deaths from the storms that struck Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas overnight to 13.

Bramlett says one person died in the community of Etna. The other deaths took place in Denning in Franklin County and Bethlehem in Johnson County.

Eight people died when a series of tornadoes struck metropolitan Oklahoma City, and two other deaths have been confirmed in Kansas.

Spokeswoman Cherokee Ballard said Wednesday morning that at least five people, including a young child, are dead in Canadian County, two are dead in Logan County and one in Grady County. All of the counties are located in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

Ballard didn't have any further details.

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