Oklahoma tornadoes: Goldsby sustains damage but has no reports of injuries

One home was destroyed in Goldsby but there have been no reports of injuries, the city's Emergency Management director said.
BY JANE CANNON and MICHAEL KIMBALL Modified: May 24, 2011 at 10:33 pm •  Published: May 24, 2011

— A tornado that first touched down in rural Grady County eventually caused significant damage in the Goldsby area in McClain County.

Goldsby Emergency Management Director Greg Giltner said one home in the city was destroyed, and 16 others had significant damage.

Rusty Gaines, 49, of Goldsby, lives with his wife about two miles south of town hall. He said he thinks the tornado passed within about a half-mile of his house.

“We got in the cellar, and it got real quiet,” Gaines said. “Then we heard a big noise, a big roar. When the roar left, I stuck my head out and saw it (the tornado) pass by to the north.”

Their house lost power, but he and his wife were not hurt.

Jamie Johnson, 17, was driving toward his home in Washington when he saw the tornado.

“I personally saw it take down three houses in Goldsby, and it almost pulled us into it,” he said.

Giltner said there have been no reports of injuries.

Large amounts of debris were scattered around town.

“We think it's debris from the Washington or Dibble area because it's stuff that I don't recognize from around here,” Giltner said. “It was absolutely raining debris.”

Giltner said the biggest hazard for emergency responders was downed power lines.

A number of homes had roof damage, and several fences were blown down.

CONTRIBUTING: Staff Writer Matt Patterson


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