Massive wind storm batters Broken Arrow, Tulsa metro


A power flash is seen as Sunday’s wind storm as it blows into Tulsa from the west (NewsOn6 image).

By John Dobberstein, Editor

Thunderstorms racing east at 70 mph left a swath of destruction early Sunday across Broken Arrow and much of the Tulsa metro area.

, downing trees and power lines, damaging structures. An estimated 100 mph wind gust was reported at 31st Street and Peoria Avenue in Tulsa.

Storm debris was blowing onto the highways in many areas. Vehicles were taking refuge under bridges as the torrid winds and rain hit the area. Much of the damage and outages in Broken Arrow appeared to be from Kenosha Street north, but there were scattered outages and damage throughout the city

Tulsa and Broken Arrow firefighters at about 12:30 a.m. began responding to a number of electrical and storm emergencies, including an elevator rescue at the Stony Creek Hotel at 12:48 a.m.

The city of Coweta also reported numerous power lines and trees down.

Hundreds of customers were without power in the Broken Arrow area, with more than 100,000 reported in the region as of 1 a.m. There was one large area with 118 outages just northwest of Northeastern State University’s BA campus.

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