Sunday, December 2, 2018

National Weather Service Confirms Two Tornadoes

Sue's Recycling near Blackgum 

 Uprooted trees on 1040 Rd

 Barn at Blue Ribbon Downs

 Snake Creek Marina

House Damage at Blackgum

The National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed that two tornadoes did come through our area Friday night causing extensive damage.

The first tornado has been classified as an EF-1 meaning it reached wind speeds of 95-105 mph and was located in the Webbers Falls area. The NWS report states that it had a path length of 7.1 miles and was 400  yards wide.

The Webbers Falls area tornado started at 9:28 p.m. and ended at 9:37 p.m. beginning 3.6  miles SSE of Webbers Falls and ending 4.5 miles ENE of Gore. 

Several barns and irrigation systems were destroyed. Trees were uprooted and snapped as the tornado crossed Highway 64 east of Gore. 

No fatalities or injuries were sustained.

The second tornado was located in the Lake Tenkiller area and was rated by the NWS as an EF-2 reaching wind speeds of 115-125 mph. 

It started near Blackgum and the NWS has yet to determine where it ended although the report states that it traveled for at least 25 miles. The width of the storm was 1,100 yards.

The NWS report states that numerous homes were damaged or destroyed, as well as boat docks, boats, outbuildings, and power poles. The hangers at the airport west of Cookson were destroyed.

Snake Creek Marina and Sue's Recycling were both destroyed in this storm. 

No fatalities or injuries were sustained according to the report.

Although not included in the report there was major damage caused in other areas of the county by heavy winds as the storm came through. Horse barns at the old Blue Ribbon Downs racetrack received damage, several barns were completely blown away on 1040 Rd and trees were down across the county. 

Thousands of residents were also without power for several hours as utility companies worked to repair downed power lines and snapped utility poles.

KXMX News Staff

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1 comment:

  1. Channel 23 went live and we watch one of those from Quinton, next to Sequoyah Fuels, all the way to AR headed for Bentonville. Which one was that?? Got a glimpse of one looked like it was headed for Sallisaw racetrack or somewhere between Sallisaw and Vian. We only saw that one briefly. Then, about 10:45 electricity went out. Was that when those powerlines between Sallisaw and Vian was hit?? and where did that one track to??


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