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Bartlesville residents clean up after strong thunderstorm

by Silas Allen Modified: September 2, 2014 at 5:54 pm •  Published: September 3, 2014
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Strong winds carried the roof of a flea market into London House Apartments in Bartlesville Monday night. About 10 of the apartments in the complex were left uninhabitable after the storm. PHOTO PROVIDED
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Strong winds carried the roof of a flea market into London House Apartments in Bartlesville Monday night. About 10 of the apartments in the complex were left uninhabitable after the storm. PHOTO PROVIDED - Photo provided

— Residents and business owners were cleaning up Tuesday after strong winds blew away sections of roof, knocked down signs and caused damage to at least one apartment complex.

A thunderstorm passed through northern Oklahoma Monday night, bringing heavy rain and high winds to Bartlesville.

Melissa Pitner, a spokeswoman for the Washington County Emergency Management Office, said straight-line winds knocked down trees and power lines, leaving many residents without power Tuesday morning.

Classes in Bartlesville Public Schools were canceled Tuesday due to power outages. Bartlesville Mid-High School lost a section of roof in the storm, Pitner said.

Cari Duncan, manager of London House Apartments in Bartlesville, said the wind carried part of the roof from a nearby flea market into the apartment complex, leaving about 10 apartments uninhabitable. Nearly all of the second-floor apartments in the complex had water damage or broken windows, Duncan said.

“It’s just Mother Nature at her finest,” Duncan said.

The Red Cross of Eastern Oklahoma set up an emergency shelter Tuesday afternoon at Bluestem Baptist Church in Dewey, Red Cross spokesman Kurt Gwartney said. Red Cross volunteers also distributed water and snacks to people who were affected by the storm, Gwartney said.

Jim Webb, an assistant manager at Montana Mike’s Steakhouse in Bartlesville, said wind knocked the restaurant’s sign down. The sign crashed into an employee’s car nearby, Webb said. No one was injured, he said.

When the storm came, the restaurant staff took guests into the back of the building in case they needed to go into a walk-in cooler for shelter, Webb said.

“Everyone was a bit nervous,” he said.

About 10,800 homes and businesses were without power at the height of the storm, Public Service Co. of Oklahoma reported. By 9 a.m. Tuesday, about 3,600 PSO customers were without power, the utility reported.

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by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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