Large tornado lays waste to Claremore, much of northeast Oklahoma

By John Dobberstein, Editor

It was an evening to neglect in Owasso and Claremore as a powerful, long-lived supercell produced a twister that left a path of destruction in each of cities and throughout northeastern Oklahoma.

“Stories of twister harm have been confirmed throughout the county, with a number of areas experiencing downed energy strains, bushes, and broken houses,” stated Rogers County Emergency Administration in a Fb put up.

A number of legislation enforcement companies and first responders in Claremore have been conducting search-and-rescue efforts after the storm handed, with related work taking place east in communities simply east of there. 

Widespread harm to buildings and downed bushes and energy strains have been reported, together with harm to a on line casino and a church. A KOA campground close to Claremore was struck by the storm, blowing over or tossing round quite a few campers and trapping some occupants, reported photojournalist Bryan Emfinger. 

“Claremore is shut down, keep away from the realm,” the Claremore Police Division stated on its Fb web page, as officers have been coping with quite a few gawkers driving into city to view the harm. 

Comparable harm was additionally reported in Owasso because the twister rolled via the center of the town, taking down quite a few bushes and energy strains. Farther east, downtown Salina additionally took a direct hit from a twister that broken buildings.

The identical storm crossed into northwest Arkansas round 1 a.m., threatening a more-populated areas.