But Routz’s plans for dinner with the kids, homework and an early bedtime were dashed when she arrived home and found a scene of destruction.
Hours after the storm, Routz, 37, was frantically moving clothing out of her closet, boxing up photographs and carrying valuables to rooms that weren’t as severely damaged by the storm.
Several neighbors helped her while her father-in-law was on the phone trying to reach an insurance adjuster. Her husband, Ben, was out of town Tuesday, but was on his way to their home at 5608 Irvine Drive.
"The bright side in all of this is that no one was home,” Routz said. "Everything in this house is replaceable but my family.”
Next door to Routz, neighbor Jeanette Penhall lost most of the roof on her house. She left her home about 6 p.m., taking shelter under an umbrella as rain continued to pour down on the inside of her house.
Penhall, 51, was home when the storm hit. She wasn’t injured because she was hiding under a mattress in the hallway.
"It happened so fast,” Penhall said. "I heard the wind and then it was over. I knew it was coming my way, but I never thought it would hit my house.”
In other parts of the city, rescuers worked to free people trapped by storm debris, said Matt Stillwell, Edmond emergency management director.