Thursday, February 7, 2019

Severe Thunderstorms Bring Strong Winds and Minor Damage

A horse barn at the former Blue Ribbon Downs received damage during 
the early morning hours Thursday.

Thunderstorms passing through the area Wednesday night and early Thursday morning caused minor damage throughout Sequoyah County.

Residents report roof damage to structures both in Sallisaw and on the outskirts of town due to strong winds.

Sequoyah County Emergency Management Director Steve Rutherford said the storms that blew through caused some downed trees and limbs as well. He said city crews were dispatched around 3 a.m. for a light pole that had blown over. No injuries were reported.

Rutherford said the thunderstorms brought wind gusts of up to 60 to 70 miles per hour in the overnight hours.

“We were under three different warnings back to back for different parts of the county,” Rutherford said. “We were fortunate that we didn’t have any more damage.”

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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