Strong winds damage property in northeastern Oklahoma

Strong winds from a line of storms early Thursday damaged a number of properties in Mayes and Delaware counties in northeastern Oklahoma, officials said. Spavinaw School was closed Thursday because the building's roof had been blown away.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Modified: April 18, 2013 at 9:54 pm •  Published: April 18, 2013
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Strong winds hit Mayes and Delaware counties early Thursday, blowing the roof off the Spavinaw school building and damaging numerous residences and businesses.

Meteorologist Peter Snyder with the National Weather Service in Tulsa said Thursday's storm had not been declared a tornado but rotation was seen on the weather radars.

“Crews were on the ground on Thursday to determine if the storm was a tornado,” Snyder said.

The storm hit between 1 and 1:30 a.m. Only minor injuries were reported, but power outages were widespread throughout the area.

A preliminary report shows 30 structures in the Spavinaw area received damage, said Mike Dunham, Mayes County Emergency Management spokesman.

Nearly every business along the community's four-block-long main roadway was damaged and three mobile homes and one house were destroyed, he said.

“We are just glad to be alive,” said Rita Wright, who runs Hobb's Trailer Park.

All 12 mobile homes in the park were damaged, she said.

The Spavinaw school was closed Thursday after the roof was blown away. The mangled roof resembled a large crumpled piece of tarp lying amid shards of broken glass, downed power lines, and splintered utility poles.

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