Saturday's Storms Leave Behind Damage
July 25, 2005 -- The Oklahoma Department of Emergeny
Management (OEM) received the following damage reports related to
severe thunderstorms that moved through areas of the state Saturday
evening. OEM staff is on site assisting local emergency managers with
damage assessments in the affected areas.
Injuries and Fatalities
- Two Broken Arrow boys, ages 12 and 14, remain hospitalized after
being struck by lightening. Another 6 individuals, who sustained minor
injuries in the Eufaula area, were treated and released.
Power Outages - At the height of the power outages, about 22,000 were without electric service statewide.
reports service distruption to about 5,000 customers in Warner,
Eufaula, Panama, Arkoma and Watonga. Service has been restored to all
Public Service of
Oklahoma (PSO) reports about 17,000 customers were without power on
Saturday night and Sunday. Most of the power outages were in central
Tulsa. A small number of outages were reported in the Barlesville area.
Power was restored to most by Sunday evening. Currently, a small pocket
of about 20 customers in Tulsa remains without power. All should see
electric service restored sometime today.
Association of Electric Cooperatives reports less than 250 were without
power in eastern areas of the state served by East Central Electric
Cooperative (Okmulgee). All service has been restored at this time.
Shelters - The
American Red Cross (ARC) operated a shelter Saturday night in the
Warner High School Gymnasium. It was closed on Sunday. ARC also
provided food and drink to area residents, power crews and first
REPORTS FROM LOCAL JURISDICTIONS
Muskogee County Emergency Management
reports heaviest damages in the Town of Warner (pop. 1,300). There, the
rood of town hall was blown off. Some businesses also sustained damage.
Downed trees and tree limbs caused area-wide power outages for about 12
hours. One pump at the town's water treatment plan was down due to the
power outages. Muskogee County Emergency Management supplied the town
with tarps and generators.
McIntosh County/City of Eufaula Emergency Management
reports around 4:30 p.m. Saturday a severe thunderstorm developed
southeast of Eufaula (pop. 2,639) and moved to the northwest at about
10 mph. Around 4:50 p.m. the storm moved through Eufaula. The city
experienced some damage to buildings including roofs blown off and
windows broken. Some boats were overturned on the lake and at least
three docks were destroyed. Numerous metal carports were also
destroyed. One restroom was destroyed at the city's sports field, which
is located at the north end of town. This was a concrete block building
with a wood roof. A large number of trees were destroyed while others
only had limbs blown down. City streets were blocked with debris for
about two hours until crews were able to clear them. Electric service
was restored before midnight. Six people were treated and released due
to minor injuries.