Death toll rises to 4 after severe storms rip through Oklahoma

Collaborator: Brittany Harlow
Published: 05/01/2019, 5:00 PM
Edited: 03/11/2021, 10:22 AM
Photo Credit: Brennon Aguillard/NWS-Tulsa (TULSA, Okla.) Eighteen reports of tornadoes were documented by the National Weather Service statewide Tuesday and Wednesday, with several tornadoes likely. Flooding reports were also received from all over the state. Tulsa Police confirmed Hiep Tran died after hydroplaning at the Highway 51 and Highway 169 interchange Tuesday night. The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office confirmed a man was killed Tuesday night after being swept away in creek at Highway 53 and Johnson Corner. His body was recovered Wednesday morning. Officials in Bryan County confirmed Debbie Boyd was killed when a tornado touched down west of Bokchito early Wednesday. A second woman later succumbed to injuries sustained during the tornado. Officials confirmed Mary Draper of Bokchito passed away at Medical City in Plano on Thursday. A breakfast benefit will be held for Boyd’s family at the Calera Senior Center Friday, May 3, at 6:30 a.m. More details can be found on the Calera Police Department Facebook page. Tornado reports started coming in just before 5 p.m. Tuesday, starting with damage in the Agra area of Lincoln County. Around thirty minutes later, a tornado was captured on live feed in Sulphur. Just after 7 p.m., multiple reports of a rope tornado were reported in Bald Hill, Okmulgee County. The National Weather Service rated this tornado EF-0. About the same time, multiple videos of a tornado were taken in Skiatook, Osage County. At 8 p.m., it was reported that a large tornado was seen near Lenapah around 3 p.m. Minutes later, a tornado was reported just northwest of Wagoner. NWS rated this tornado EF-1. Radar picked up a tornado signature in Talala, Rogers County, at 8:49 p.m. NWS has rated this tornado EF-2, and said this tornado had a satellite tornado, so there were two tornadoes for this event. A tornado was spotted in Tillman County at about the same time. Around 9:30 p.m., a tornado was reported in Miami, Ottawa County. Reports picked back up Wednesday morning, with multiple sightings in Bryan County. Durant Fire responded to Highway 70 and Boyd Road just after 2 a.m. A wedge tornado was spotted north of Bokchito 20 minutes later. The Bryan County tornado has been rated EF-3. A tornado was confirmed in Haileyville, Pittsburg County at 3:50 a.m. Wednesday. Just after 7 p.m. Wednesday, a tornado was reported southwest of Loco in Jefferson County. Two hours later, a tornado was confirmed west of Marietta in Love County. This story will be updated with more information as it becomes available.


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