A woman was killed Monday in Pontotoc County when her trailer was toppled by a squall line of severe thunderstorms moving through the state, authorities said.
Michelle Epperly, 51, was inside a doublewide trailer with her husband in the Happyland community, about five miles east of Ada, when storms blew through the county, Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian said. She died at the scene.
“The trailer home rolled several times, it appears,” Christian said.
Her husband, Rick Epperly, 54, was trapped under the debris. He was flown to an Oklahoma City hospital Monday night. His condition was not known.
“He was conscious and able to communicate with the rescuers. They were able to communicate with him and get him moved out from underneath the debris,” Christian said.
“It could have been a microburst or a small tornado,” Pontotoc County emergency manager Chad Letellier said.
Four other homes in Pontotoc County also received minor damage, he said.
In Oklahoma City, a car dealership and a piece of glass in the Devon Tower were damaged by storms.
Eight vehicles were damaged at Edmond Hyundai on Broadway Extension when a storm toppled light poles onto vehicles, said Phil Wartley, general sales manager.
“All of a sudden, just a big gust of wind. I look up and I said ‘What's going on?' and I see this first pole out front fall. The glass shattered and at that time I started running down the hall for safety,” Wartley said.
“I a hundred percent thought it was a tornado and I took off. Started yelling at everyone to get in the closet area and buckle down. It lasted all of about 15, 16 seconds and it all cleared up,” he said.
No one was hurt and the amount of damage was not yet known, but one of the vehicles had a retail price of $50,000, Wartley said.
Four poles were downed, another four poles were damaged and on the verge of toppling.
Downtown, a 5-foot by 10-foot piece of glass was broken on the northeast side of the Devon Tower when winds blew a crane into the building, Holder-Flintco project director Gavin Kalley said.
“The strong winds that came out of the west late this afternoon caused the crane to swing a little bit and in the process damaged one piece of glass,” Kalley said.
No one was hurt, he said.
“It just developed west of the metro and blew through about 4 o'clock. It was moving at 40 to 45 mph,” said Daryl Williams, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Norman.
“We had a squall line of thunderstorms. With really intense pressure changes, you get winds gusting,” he said.
“Some brief severe weather, but it doesn't look like there was any major damage and no tornado activity,” Williams said.
The strongest recorded wind gust was 69 mph in west Oklahoma City area, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet. The site at Red Rock in Kay County recorded a gust of 65 mph and in Kingfisher, a 61 mph gust was recorded.
The storms were expected to leave the state early Monday night, and gentler weather is expected for the next couple of days, Williams said.
“We're looking at highs in the mid-60s on Tuesday and low 70s on Wednesday. Definitely milder weather,” he said.