Weekend brings more tornadoes to weather-battered Oklahoma

Collaborator: Brittany Harlow
Published: 05/26/2019, 10:34 AM
Edited: 03/11/2021, 10:22 AM
Photo Courtesy: Jon LaFevers/Sapulpa, Oklahoma (TULSA, Okla.) UPDATE: After reviewing the damage, the National Weather Service said three tornadoes spawned in Tulsa County early Sunday morning. The survey team found two tornado paths near Sapulpa. One tornado developed west of town, moved through town and across Jenks, dissipating east of Riverside Dr. It will be rated EF-1. The other moved from the north side of town to west of Riverside Airport. Also EF-1. The survey team found EF-0 tornado damage beginning near the Broken Arrow High School, crossing over County Line Road south of E 61st St S and dissipating before crossing S 209th E Ave. It damaged the roofs of homes and snapped large tree limbs. The area in South Tulsa was damaged by severe winds. ORIGINAL STORY: Saturday night into Sunday was yet another weather event for Oklahoma as the National Weather Service confirmed multiple tornadoes likely occurred across the state. In Tulsa County, it appeared the most damage was from a tornado that tracked northeast from Sapulpa, hitting Jenks and Tulsa after midnight Sunday before moving out through Broken Arrow. Trees were destroyed and power lines were toppled as more than 24,000 customers lost power throughout the county. Law enforcement urged the public to stay inside as much as possible to be safe from downed power lines and debris. In addition to the severe weather, NWS-Tulsa said 1 to 2 inches of rainfall fell across the Arkansas basin, which will likely further increase inflows into lakes that are already at or near capacity. Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum announced Sunday due to erosion that continues to worsen in River Parks on the East bank of the river, the city is closing River Parks between 11th and 96th Streets. A sinkhole opened up Saturday at 36th, and they had several more form in River Parks overnight. We’re told trees in River Parks have also started to fall due to erosion of the soil under them. No structure damage or injuries have been reported at this time in Tulsa, though damage to homes and buildings in the cities surrounding Tulsa have been received and are still being assessed. The rest of the state was hit even worse. A powerful tornado touched down in El Reno, west of Oklahoma City, Saturday night. At least two people have been confirmed dead. The Oklahoma National Guard 63rd Civil Support team spent Sunday conducting search and rescue operations for people in the area still reported missing. The official tornado reports are as follows: SATURDAY 10:26 PM 2 S EL RENO CANADIAN COUNTY (OUN) 10:53 PM 6 NW DEL CITY OKLAHOMA COUNTY (OUN) SUNDAY 12:33 AM 3 SW JENKS TULSA COUNTY TREES DOWN NEAR BETWEEN HIGHWAY 75 AND ELWOOD JUST SOUTH OF CREEK TURNPIKE. (TSA) 12:37 AM 2 WNW JENKS RIVERSIDE A TULSA COUNTY SPOTTER REPORTED TORNADO AT HIGHWAY 75 AND 81ST HEADED TOWARD JENKS. (TSA) 12:51 AM 4 NNW BROKEN ARROW TULSA COUNTY SPOTTER REPORTED PROBABLE TORNADIC WINDS. POWER FLASHES OBSERVED 1 MILE TO WEST. (TSA) 1:20 AM 3 W OKTAHA MUSKOGEE COUNTY SPOTTER REPORTED A TORNADO WEST OF OKTAHA. HE WAS ABLE TO OBSERVE A TUBE TORBADO It’s a stormy end to a week that has already seen historic flooding and dozens of tornadoes. More information here: https://app.verifiednews.network/articles/share/449 More severe weather is expected in Oklahoma on Tuesday.


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