Tornados hit North Tulsa

No one was killed but at least seven people were hurt and there was a great deal of damage caused by two tornadoes last week, one in North Tulsa and another in Claremore.

City of Tulsa Building Inspectors reported the following information to the States Department of Emergency Management:

  • 390 homes and businesses were affected by the tornado
  • 191 homes or businesses had minor damage
  • 54 homes or businesses had major damage
  • 5 homes or business were destroyed

Governor Mary Fallin issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency for seven northeastern Oklahoma counties The declaration is for Craig, Mayes, Nowata, Osage, Rogers, Tulsa and Washington counties.

The storms, judged so far to have an intensity of EF2, hit March 30. Immediately after the storm, seven people in Tulsa were taken to hospitals.

The first tornado hit ground about 2.5 miles southwest of Turley and traveled almost 20 miles east to Claremore. It also did damage in Owasso.

The second tornado touched down just south of Claremore and traveled eight miles. It did damage in Verdigris.

Several churches in North Tulsa suffered heavy damage, including Bethel Seventh-Day Adventist Church, which has been declared a total loss. There was significant damage to Timothy Baptist Church, too.

Some houses – including some under construction – in Stone Canyon development in Owasso were damaged.

Almost 6,000 Tulsa residences  lost electrical power during the storm but it was mostly back on line by Friday.

The Tulsa Northside Wastewater Treatment Plant and Oxley Nature Center lost power, but no sewer services are affected.

Tulsa Area Red Cross set up a comfort station at 110 W. 56th St. North, to receive individuals seeking shelter and many other groups are helping with the cleanup effort.

In Claremore, the greatest damage centered on SH-88 in Tiawah, an area near N. 193rd East Ave. in Owasso and an area north of the Port of Catoosa, near Verdigris. Tiawah was hit hardest.

The City of Tulsa will have free landfill days at the Quarry Landfill on East 46th Street North (1.5 miles east of U.S. 169 on April 9-10 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. You must show a Tulsa utility bill with an address in the city to get the free service. There are some restrictions.