After Edmond storm, the work begins

BY DIANA BALDWIN and JOHN WILLIAMS Published: February 12, 2009
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/> Workers freed a group of people from a storm shelter at a horse farm, and a man and woman pinned at shelters were freed, Stillwell said.

Emergency crews spent hours going through neighborhoods looking for victims.

Passing close
The twister passed close to Edmond’s Mitch Park, damaging several homes in Kanaly’s North Country neighborhood north of Covell Road and Santa Fe Avenue.

Addition resident Lisa Brady said she took cover when she heard the first warning sirens.

"I went in my bedroom closet with my dogs,” she said. "I heard a rumbling and looked out the window and saw the rain and cloudiness and said ‘It’s time to take cover.’”

The tornado uprooted trees and damaged the roof on her home.

"I heard doors slam and glass break,” she said. "I didn’t hear the trees snap, but I knew something was going on out there.”

Brady said she waited another five minutes after hearing the wind stop before leaving the closet. "It’s amazing how a closet can save you,” she said.

Up the street, John Wise was more fortunate.

"I saw debris hit and it went over the top of my house,” he said. "I didn’t get any damage.”

Contributing:

Staff Writer Ann Kelley



details

• The mid-afternoon tornado carved a path of destruction several miles long from northwest Oklahoma City into west and north Edmond.


• No serious injuries were reported in Edmond.


• Six homes were damaged or destroyed in Edmond and several businesses reported damage.


• The storm downed power lines throughout Edmond, blocking streets and leaving residents without electricity. At one point Tuesday, 1,700 homes were without electricity. By Wednesday morning most homes had power restored, officials said.

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