EDMOND — A dozen homes and Mercy Edmond I-35, an $88 million medical complex and wellness center under construction, were damaged Sunday when a tornado touched down in southeast Edmond, the city's emergency management coordinator said Monday.
No injuries were reported. Three homes had major damage and eight had minor damage.
“Edmond really dodged a bullet,” Matt Stillwell said. “We are watching again today. We are coordinating with the schools and keeping a watch.”
Six of the damaged homes are in Thornebrook Village, located between 15th and 33rd streets west of Bryant. Five of the homes are west of Arcadia Lake and one is north of Arcadia Lake, east of Midwest Boulevard.
“This is all preliminary,” Stillwell said. “We'll look further today.”
Tree damage was reported throughout the city.
The roof and upper portion were ripped from the two-story home of Cathy and Roland Dawson, 2500 Kingston Terrace. The Dawsons were taking shelter in the house when the tornado hit.
A large flagpole in the front yard was bent and the flag blew in the wind. Holes in the garage revealed two Corvettes, which were not damaged.
“I'm shaky,” Cathy Dawson said as she walked into her backyard where fences lay on the ground like dominoes. “I had just gotten home five minutes before it hit.”
The Dawsons hid under stairs that lead to the attic.
“The wind came through,” Roland Dawson said. “I think we got the tail of it. Our house would be gone if it touched down.”
Lorna Nathe, 2408 Kingston Terrace, said she wasn't home, but she heard about the tornado on the radio.
“As I was coming in I thought someone was teasing me,” Nathe said. Her house had roof damage and the air-conditioning unit was moved from its foundation. Trees in her front yard were twisted and broken.
Mercy Health Center officials were meeting Monday morning to access the damage to the new medical complex. Windows were broken and the roof was damaged.
The three-story medical complex sits southwest of Interstate 35 and 15th Street. Construction on the 206,000-square-foot building started July 5, 2011. It was scheduled to open in July.
No one was on site when the tornado hit, spokeswoman Rachel Wright said.
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the... read more ›