Delaware County tornado leaves damage behind; one injured - KOAM TV 7

Delaware County tornado leaves damage behind; one injured


Several buildings are damaged in Delaware County, Oklahoma where weather officials confirm a tornado touched down Wednesday night.

One person was taken to the hospital with cuts from broken windows but there were no fatalities.

Many of the people in this rural area are still in shock and disbelief over what happened.  But everyone we talked to said they are grateful to still be alive.

Nearly two years ago, an EF-3 tornado went through this same part of Delaware County.  That tornado was part of the same storm system that produced the EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin and Duquesne.

Workers at the Butler Volunteer Fire Department say in Wednesday's storm three garage doors were sucked away.  The fire station's 75 foot communications tower was bent to the ground.

Butler Fire Chief Randy Prins says his department is still able to take care of residents in need.

"We're lucky that the building is not more damaged than it is, or the trucks, they're ok," says Chief Prins.

He says their fire department has insurance so they should be fine.  He also says it could've been much worse had it not been for heavy rains.

"(Tower) laying in different directions, limbs were twisted, and then the electric lines," says Chief Prins.  "If it hadn't have been rainy weather we would've had grass fires all over the place."

Elsewhere, there was damage to home's windows and outdoor antennas.  Emergency officials also say one home was moved off its foundation.

Emergency management officials and officials from the National Weather Service are still trying to get a handle of how many properties were damaged.
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