Thursday, May 12, 2016

Storms Whip Through County and Region

A travel trailer was flipped and the Snake Creek Marina on Lake Tenkiller suffered damage during the storms that hit Sequoyah County and eastern Oklahoma early Thursday.

It was reported two persons were in the trailer and one suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The National Weather Service in Tulsa began issuing severe thunderstorm warnings for northern Sequoyah County at 12:49 a.m. Thursday followed by more warnings at 2:36 a.m. for central Sequoyah County and at 2:58 a.m. for southeastern Sequoyah County.

The weather service also issued a flood warning for the county, which ended at 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

Trees and limbs were reported down throughout the county, while most of the damage, believed caused by wind gusts, was in north Sequoyah County and southern Cherokee County at Lake Tenkiller.

Steve Rutherford, Sequoyah County Emergency Management director, said, “We had nothing really major. We had a few limbs and trees down and a little bit of high water, and that was all.” Rutherford said he went out to help clear downed limbs off roads and saw little other damage. He said Vian and Sallisaw officials reported two water rescues. Maple Fire Department also responded to a mobile home that was struck by lightning, which resulted in damage to the home’s wiring.

Rutherford said 8.4 inches of rain was recorded to have fallen in six hours at Cookson and 2.4 inches of rain was recorded in Sallisaw.

“We were very, very, very fortunate,” Rutherford said.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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